IT was a fond farewell to A-levels at South Tyneside College today - as their students delivered a 96.5 per cent success rate.
A total of 86 exams were sat by 38 learners across 15 subjects at the college in St George’s Avenue, South Shields.
And 94.3 per cent of students achieved A-E passes.
The full range of subjects were English literature, English language, biology, chemistry, history, law, information technology, psychology, media studies, film studies, business studies, physics, geography and sociology.
The results will be the last set for the college, which announced in March last year that it will no longer be continuing with A-levels.
The news came following a comprehensive review, with the curriculum being reshaped to focus and expand on a range of vocational education.
Alison Maynard, principal of professional and vocational education at the college, said this year’s results reflect the dedication to succeed of students and lecturers.
She said: “These final results show the very high standards expected at South Tyneside College.
“Our students and lecturers have worked extremely hard and can be rightly proud of how well they have done this year, and all that they have achieved through dedicated teaching and learning.
“The decision to no longer offer A-levels at the college was not taken lightly.
“Provision has expanded to meet the collective needs of students and business - one the job creator, the other aiming to approach their future with the right skills and training.
“Vocational training such as apprenticeships do not teach old-fashioned skills, although they can embrace what are seen as traditional ones, such as engineering and construction.
“They are wide-ranging and include business, computing, catering and hairdressing, to name just a few.
“By increasing our offering we are recognising the ever-greater competition for jobs.”
The decision to strengthen and enhance vocational provision is designed to equip learners with the skills and training to match those needed by employers and many universities.
As part of the review, a progressive new science curriculum, which will include BTEC diplomas to provide career routes into this growth subject area, is being developed.
The college is also partnering with employers to implement six-month training academies to offer young people genuine work-based opportunities and a taste for a sector before they decide to embark on jobs, apprenticeships or further education.
Taster days on the range of courses the college has to offer are being held throughout August.
For more information, visit the South Tyneside College website HERE.