Students at NPTC Group of Colleges Make the Grade

Students at NPTC Group of Colleges are celebrating after achieving top results in their A Levels and vocational qualifications. Many have secured places at top universities and got the qualifications to land their dream jobs after successfully getting the grades they needed.

For the 13th year in succession the overall pass rate for A Levels has remained at an amazing 99 percent. Students achieved a remarkable 100 per cent pass rate in 34 A Level subjects, and 45 per cent achieved A* to B grades with a further 74 per cent gaining A* to C grades.

In additional 90 students achieved triple distinctions grades in the Extended National Diploma qualifications, with 28 students achieving the highest possible grade profile of D*D*D*.

More than 266 students passed their Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Skills Challenge Certificate with an exceptional pass rate of 94%.

Mark Dacey, Chief Executive Officer and Principal of NPTC Group of Colleges said: “Congratulations to our students who have again achieved a 99 per cent pass rate for the 13th consecutive year. We are extremely proud of their achievements including our students who follow the Gifted and Talented Excellence programme (GATE) as part of our Sixth Form Academy where 87 per cent achieved A* – A grades and 96 per cent A* – B grades.”

Jeremy Miles, Assembly Member for Neath said: “Congratulations to all who are receiving the results they have worked hard to achieve.  I am very proud that once again students from across Neath are showing the country just how brilliant they are. Whether the next step is the workplace, an apprenticeship or university, these results show they will continue to make a success of anything they put their minds to”.

Many students have now booked their places at University or are embarking on an apprenticeship or job. Here are some of their stories.

Eve Vincent: A*, French; A, English; A, History. Going to study French and Russian at Cambridge University. The former Cefn Saeson pupil is delighted with her results and looking forward to pursuing her dream of becoming an interpreter.  As well as studying for her A Levels, Eve taught herself Russian with help from a Russian student who was studying English Language at the College. “It’s always been a language that interested me and the culture too,” Eve said:  “I never thought someone like me could go to somewhere like Cambridge. I am proud of my roots and come from a council estate. It shows there are no barriers and I am really excited about the future,” she added.

Abigail Owen: A, Drama and Theatre Studies; A, Music; B, Maths; B, English Lit. Abigail is going to study Music at Jesus College, Oxford. A delighted Abi said: “Studying A Level Music has enabled me to further develop my understanding of the subject from techniques and analysis of music composition. I am looking forward to studying at Oxford University where I can build on my musical theory and look further at the contemporary issues in musicology.”

Finlay Powell-Jones: A*, Maths; A*, Biology; A* Chemistry. A previous Cwmtawe Comprehensive pupil going to Birmingham University to study Medicine. ‘’Fantastic time in College – the support was great and that shows in my results today!’’.

Cameron Edwards: A, Law; A, English Language/Literature; A, French. Former Cymmer Afan pupil is now off to Swansea University to study Law.

Stephen John: A*, Chemistry; B, Physics; B, Music.  Going to study Veterinary Medicine at Surrey University.

Sam Morris: A, Maths; B, Chemistry; B, Biology. Former Llangatwg Comprehensive pupil, now off to study Pharmacy at Cardiff University.

Carys Mainwaring: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D*, Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness). Carys is now going to study Sport at Cardiff University.

Sophie Herbert: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, D*D*D*, Travel and Tourism. Former Llangatwg pupil going to study Public Services at university.

Rosie Courts: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D* Applied Science (Forensic Science). Going to Swansea University to study Audiology.

Alex Morris: A, Biology B, Chemistry; B, PE. “Relieved it’s all over”, the former Dwr-y-Felin pupil said. He is now looking forward to studying Medical Sciences at Exeter University.

Ellie- May Varney: A*, Sociology; B, Psychology; B, English Lang/Lit. Wants to study Psychology at university.

Jordan Whapham: A, Maths; A, Physics; B, Biology. Going to Cardiff University to study Astrophysics.

India Needs: A* Law; A*Religious Studies; A Psychology. Former Dyffryn pupil going to study Law and European Studies at Southampton University.

Shauna Wright: A, Health and Social Care; A, Sociology; B, History; A, Welsh Baccalaureate. Off to University of Wales Trinity Saint David to become a primary school teacher.

Abigail Phillips: A, Sociology; B, Health and Social Care; C, Religious Studies; A Welsh Baccalaureate. Former Cefn Saeson pupil off to Swansea University to study Mental Health.

Camron Griffiths: A, Law; A, Sociology; B, History; A Welsh Baccalaureate. Former Birchgrove pupil off to Cardiff University to study Law and Politics.

Caitlin John: A*, Biology; A, Maths: B, Chemistry. Former Llangatwg pupil off to Cardiff University to study Radiotherapy and Oncology.

James Edwards: A, Maths; B, Physics; B, Computer Science. Former Dwr y Felin pupil who is off to Leamington Spa to undertake a Degree Apprenticeship in Engineering with Jaguar Land Rover. James was accepted onto the highly competitive programme after a tough application, interview and rounds of assessments.

Erin Evans: A*, Textiles; A*, Graphics:  A, Art & Design. Former Llangatwg pupil who’s staying at the College to study the Art & Design Foundation year before University.

Caitlin Reeves: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D* Applied Science (forensic Science). Former Cwmtawe Student, who’s now going to UWE Bristol to study Forensic Science.

Caitlin Davies: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD Travel & Tourism. Former Cefn Saeson pupil off to Swansea University to study Business Management.

Sophie Williams: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*; C, Music (A Level). Former Dwr y Felin pupil who’s staying on at NPTC Group of Colleges to study the HND in Music. A clarinet, saxophone and flute player she dreams of playing on West End productions in the future.

Emily Richards: A*, Fine Art; A*, Textiles; B Geology. Former Cefn Saeson pupil has chosen not to go to university, but become an auxiliary veterinary nurse at the local St. James practice in Neath.