SOUTH Tyneside College marked the end of an era with another near-perfect pass rate.
A-levels will no longer be offered at the college in St George’s Avenue, South Shields, from September, with bosses instead choosing to concentrate on vocational subjects.
Student numbers have been dropping, with only 63 taking A-level courses this year.
But they have maintained the college’s exams success, with an overall pass rate of 98 per cent – one per cent down on last year.
The pass rate for AS-levels – the first year of A-levels – was 82 per cent.
Alison Maynard, director of curriculum planning, said: “We are very happy with the results that have come in this year.
“We have got some students who are extremely happy and going off to university, and our first-year students are very happy with their results too.”
Students were able to access their results online via the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) from midnight, but many still made the trip to the college. Antoine Malaise, from King George Road, South Shields, was the first through the door, even though he knew he had secured his place at university.
The 18-year-old, a student governor at the college, got Cs in maths, biology and chemistry, and will go on to study biopharmaceutical science at Sunderland University.
He said: “I’m really happy.”
Cheree Malik, 18, from The Nook, South Shields, was predicted to get C and D grades, but notched up an A in psychology and Bs in sociology and English literature. She will go on to study psychology at Northumbria University, aiming for a career in therapy or counselling.
She said: “I’m really happy. I just revised loads!”
Gary Griffiths, 18, from Malvern Street, South Shields, will study maths at Newcastle University, after getting an A* in maths and As in chemistry and physics.
He said: “I was hoping just to do my best, really, but I am happy with my grades, because I got what I needed to get into university.
“I am a bit worried, but it is a new experience, so I am looking forward to it.”
Marzan Uddin, 19, from South Shields, got ‘BBC’ in chemistry, maths and biology, and will study pharmacy at Sunderland. He said: “I think I could have done better, but I got in anyway, so I’m fine.” Friend Mahmod Hussain, also 19, from South Shields, got two As and a B in maths, further maths and biology, and has been accepted at York University to study maths.
He said: “It was what I expected, but I am still happy.”
Andrea Pop, 18, who came to South Shields from Romania with her parents five years ago, achieved As in maths, chemistry and biology.
She is also going on to study pharmacy at Sunderland.
She said: “I’m really, really happy. I didn’t expect it!
“I love the college, especially the lecturers – I thought they were amazing.”