Students at Buckinghamshire College Group’s three campuses have been celebrating their achievements on GCSE results day today, Thursday 23rd August. Although the college offers mainly BTECs, students have the opportunity to take or retake GCSEs, primarily in English Language and Mathematics.
At Amersham, Katarzyna Felicja Matusiak, a performing arts student was one of the top performers with a grade 7 in English Language. Under the new system, grades 7-9 are equivalent to the old A and A* marks. Numbers 4-6 cover the old B and C grades, while 1-3 cover the old D, E, F and G grades.
Health and Social Care student Draupadi Ruiz Torres sat the English Language exam with her friend Kirsty Timberlake. Unfortunately Kirsty was already feeling unwell when she entered the classroom and was rushed off to hospital mid-way through the exam with what later turned out be appendicitis! Fortunately Kirsty will have the opportunity to resit her GCSE in the new academic year. Draupadi was rewarded with a Grade 6 result for her efforts and this is just what she needed to get into City University in London where she will be studying Child Nursing.
“I’m really pleased to have passed and I think much of this was down to a change in attitude,” said Draupadi. “My tutor was very understanding too and I think this also had an effect on the way I studied and the final results.”
Graphic Design student Lorenzo Di Zenobbia also got through to his university of choice to study Graphic Design but decided to stay at college to progress onto the Foundation Degree course. “Lorenzo struggled with work because of his hearing impairment but always puts in the effort and I am really pleased he has accomplished his GCSE goal which is a result of hard work and perseverance," said his English Language tutor.
At the Wycombe campus, Nathan Jopp, who studied the Level 3 Award in Principles of Coaching, achieved grade 4 in Maths and a Grade 5 in English. Nathan has turned his life around at college thanks to his positive attitude, dedication, perseverence and love of football. He is going on to pursue a career in football coaching having overcome adversity to pass his GCSEs and clinch three recognitions at our Students Awards, including Student of the Year.
Teodora Dariescu, who studied the Level 2 Extended Certificate In Health And Social Care, achieved grade 5 in Maths and grade 6 in English. Teodora arrived in the UK from Romania only a year ago. She taught herself English using the internet and television but managed to walk away with a highly commendable result in English Language. Teo has the option to go further at Buckinghamshire College Group with Level 3 Health & Social Care but is also considering A-Levels as she hasn’t entirely decided on a career path.
Over at the Aylesbury campus Victoria Tullett had a double celebration with success in her Access to Higher Education course and GCSE English Language where she achieved Grade 6. “Never give up,” said Victoria, who will be going to university to study nurse training. Fellow Access to HE student Adam Munday was equally buoyant having also achieved success on the course and in English Language. “Work hard, play hard” enthused Adam, who is following a similar path in Nurse Training at University.
Kimberly Fry set herself a personal goal to work with animals and having now passed her English Language GCSE said, “I’m so pleased with my results and now that I’ve passed I can go on to study Level 3 Animal Management at Tiggywinkles."
These are just a snapshot of the many results at the college today and in every instance they have been achieved through much dedication and hard work. Congratulations to all of our students and for those who will be venturing off to pastures new, we wish you every success.
Kirsty (left) and Draupadi share results at Amersham
English Launguage tutor Luana Drury with Lorenzo In Amersham
A very happy Teodora Dariescu at the Wycombe Campus
Nathan Jopp at the Wycombe Campus
Victoria and Adam celebrate their success at the Aylesbury Campus
Kimberley Fry (hiding behind results) with friends at Aylesbury Campus