Results Day 2018

16th August 2018 by OSFC. Comments (0)

There is plenty to celebrate at OSFC this year as pass rates and high grades are up on the previous year’s strong results in the context of the more challenging new A Level exams.

Whilst the national pass rate has declined, our A Level pass rate is up and once again above the national rate at over 98%. We have achieved our best ever high grades at A Level, with a superb 4% increase on last year. The college continues to build on its superb record for A Level studies, with over 250 students achieving at least AAA or equivalent.

We are proud to have maintained a very broad curriculum offer and a 4 AS Level programme in Year 12, giving students a full external exam experience in their first year, a greater number of qualifications than offered by most sixth form providers and flexibility about subject choices on progression through to Year 13.  Our AS Level results are also strong with increases in both pass rate and high grades.

As has been the case for many years now, there was a superb 100% pass rate by students completing vocational/Applied General courses. The high grade rate for students taking the Extended Diploma is a brilliant 94%, with over 700 Distinction* or Distinction grades achieved, which are the equivalent of A*/A grades.  A substantial number of students completed ‘blended’ programmes, combining A Level and applied courses and have achieved excellent results in these.

Our students have secured places at Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities and there are many other superb outcomes in terms of both progression to a wide range of universities and to other excellent options including apprenticeships, gap years, Art Foundation courses and directly into employment.

Jayne Clarke, OSFC Principal, said “This is a fantastic set of results.  There has been a greater level of uncertainty about outcomes with linear exams and the new tougher A Level specifications. I am very proud of the achievements of our students.  To have seen improvements in both pass rates and high grades in this context is outstanding and testament to the hard work and dedication of both the students and our staff, who have supported students wonderfully well.  We wish all our students the very best of luck on the next steps in their futures, whether this be at university, on an apprenticeship or in employment.”

*Given the national changes, all Oldham sixth form providers have agreed the following statement to include with our press releases:
Changes to A levels have been underway since September 2016 and results in the majority of subjects are now for the new A Levels. Whilst the government has been clear that the ‘Gold Standard’ of A Levels has been maintained, they are now linear, which means that all exams are taken at the end of the course.   Different subjects are being updated in different years, with the last set of reformed results to follow in August 2019.  In the meantime, comparisons between old and new style A levels are difficult to make, coupled with the fact that different organisations have different models of delivery, with some having moved away from AS level options and others retaining this model.  Caution must therefore be used when making comparisons, both with previous years and between subjects and organisations.

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