Seevic beats national A-Level pass rate for third year in a row

Thursday, 17 August 2017

170817-A-Level -Results -DaySeevic College has beaten the national A-Level pass rate for the third year in a row.

Nationally, the A-Level pass rate was 98%.

Seevic College’s A-Level pass rate was 99% for 2016-17.

And 29 A-Level subjects, including English and Maths, have a 100% pass rate.

Principal Dan Pearson said: “These excellent results are testament to the hard work and perseverance shown by our students.

“The support from our dedicated staff has ensured that for the third year in a row we are well above the national average for A-Level pass rates.

“It is an exciting time at Seevic and we look forward to welcoming our new students this September.”

2016-17 was also a successful year for young people studying Professional qualifications at the college, with 211 students gaining triple distinction or above.

There was a 98% pass rate on Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma courses.

Seevic College provides professional courses across several employment industries with specialisms in sport, creative arts and digital.

Apprenticeships at Seevic College have a higher success rate than the national average and 93% of apprentices went on to secure jobs or continued studying in their chosen field after leaving the college.

Seevic College successfully merged with Palmer’s College in Grays on August 1 this year.

The two colleges set out proposals at the beginning of 2017 to join forces and create a single, strong college to serve the young people and communities in South Essex and Thurrock.

Both campuses will continue as previously and students will enrol at either Seevic or Palmer’s campuses.

Seevic and Palmer’s Colleges group offers the widest choice of A-Levels in Essex. The college also offers Professional Qualifications, Foundation Learning, Apprenticeships, Higher Education and Adult & Community courses.

Enrolment for courses starting in September 2017 begins on 24 August. Find out more and apply online, ring 01268 756 111 or email info@seevic-college.ac.uk.

Case Studies

Lisian Topalli

170817-Lisian -TopalliWhen Lisian Topalli first came to Seevic four years ago, he only had basic English and had to start at Entry Level because the education he had in Greece was not recognised in the UK.

But today, he picked up a host of top A-Levels from the college after his hard work paid off.

He is taking an A grade in Maths, B in Further Maths and an E in Psychology to study at university.

Lisian, 20, from Basildon, said: “I only knew basic English when I came here, my name and my age. I could communicate to people if they spoke slowly.

“Maths is the only subject I have excelled in since I was young. When I came to Seevic, that was really when I started.”

Lisian, who is going to University of Portsmouth to study a Masters in Maths said he is hoping for a numbers-based career after graduation.

He said the support he got at Seevic was invaluable and helped him get the grades he has now.

He added: “The tutors have helped me a lot, without them I don’t think I would have done it.

“I’d like to give a special thanks to Peter Johnston my maths teacher. He gave up a lot of time after college, he even stayed until 7pm just to help me and a few others.”

Charles Omer

170817-Charles -OmerCharles Omer has juggled running a business with his studies and picked up an incredible set of results. Charles, 18, from Wickford, was awarded A* in Maths, A in Further Maths, B in Computer Science, D in Physics and a C in the Extended Project Qualification.

He said: “I like Seevic because it is not like school or university – it is in between and it is a good step. I like that you have the ability to do what you need to do to progress.”

Charles, who started his web development business zyndex.co.uk in Year 10, has secured a place at University of Southampton to study a four year Masters in Computer Science.

He added: “I started my business because I was working with a few other businesses doing development and then thought to understand how the business side works I have to create something. Starting a business has helped with how to deal with invoices and knowing what to charge people.

“I don’t know what I am going to do after university, possibly start another company or work for a large company.”

Charlotte Allen

170817-Charlotte -AllenSurprised Charlotte picked up top grades from Seevic College – after believing she wouldn’t even pass one of her subjects!

Charlotte got an A* in Communication and Culture, A in English Language and an A in Sociology. She is hoping to pursue a career in publishing or the media.

She said: “I am really surprised and happy. I didn’t think I would get As at all, I didn’t think I would even pass sociology!”

Charlotte, 18, from Canvey, is now planning to take a gap year before going to university.

She added: “I’m going to go to university next year because I didn’t think I was going to get these grades. I think I might go into journalism.

“The support from the tutors is the best thing about Seevic, it is quite a sociable place as well.

“The tutors help you but it is down to you to work. Tutors put on extra revision sessions and they were always there if you need them they would tell you to email them.”

Haydn Webb

170817-Haydn -WebbOne student will be joining one of the world’s largest technology companies after scooping excellent A-Levels.

Haydn Webb picked up an A in Maths, B in Applied Science and a C in ICT at Seevic College today.

He has already been accepted onto an ICT apprenticeship with IBM after a gruelling five-stage recruitment process. He will start in Swindon in October and the apprenticeship runs for three years.

He said: “I am feeling really good about my results, I was confident I would get a B and C but an A in Maths knocked me back.”

Haydn said he will miss the people at Seevic the most.

He added: “It was the people that made it for me. Tutors, staff, careers team and the students. My favourite memory is watching the World Cup in the Hub – that day was beyond epic.

“My tutors have supported me with one to one sessions, raising any concerns and supporting me if I was struggling with lessons.

“Seevic has prepared me for the future, ultimately my drive and determination got me where I am but my tutors were really helpful in preparing me for exams.”

Grant Kempley

170817-Grant -KempleyBusiness student Grant Kempley is continuing his studies at university after picking up top A-Level results.

The 18-year-old from Benfleet picked up an A in Business, an A in Sociology and a B in Economics at Seevic today.

He said: “I didn’t think I’d get this I thought I’d get a C or a D. I’m really happy I’ve got into university.”

Grant will study International Business at Loughborough University and hopes to work in business after he graduates.

He added: “The fact that you can be independent at Seevic fits for me. I’ve always been better off doing my own thing when it comes to learning.

“You know what you can do but your tutors push you and help you get there - Kellie Phipps was really good.”

Nicol Burchell

170817-Nicol -BurchellNicol only had to pick up one A-Level result today after already gaining the best marks possible in her BTEC course.

The 19-year-old from Canvey had already been awarded a triple distinction star in BTEC Applied Science and was thrilled to also pick up a B in her Biology A-Level.

The BTEC result is the equivalent to three A* A-Levels and along with the B in Biology this makes four A-Levels.

She said: “I am so shocked but so relieved as well.

“I was so happy I got distinctions in everything apart from one unit in my BTEC.”

Nicol is now going to University of Kent to study Biomedical Science. She is planning to work as a dentist and eventually become an orthodontist.

She added: “At Seevic, there is a good balance between getting time to see friends and having time to do your work.”

Abi Thurston

170817-Abi -ThurstonAbi was delighted to pick up great A-Level results at Seevic. She came into college today to open her results which saw her gain an A in Sociology, a B in English Language & Literature and a C in Drama & Theatre.

Abi, 18, from Stanford-le-Hope, said: “I’m very happy. I’ve loved it at Seevic and I’m so glad I chose to come here. All the tutors were so supportive and I’ve made good friends here.”

Abi is now going to the University of Brighton to study Primary Education and hopes to work as a primary school teacher in the future.

Abi added: “I struggled with Sociology and I was really worried. I thought I was going to get a C. I went to revision twice a week in my lunch time and in the morning before the exam they did help us before we went in. I don’t know how I got an A.”

Elle Seaby

170817-Elle -SeabyCreative Elle was thrilled to pick up top grades in her A-Levels at Seevic. The 18-year-old from Thundersley was rewarded for her hard work with an A* in Textiles, an A in Sociology and C in Economics.

She said: “I didn’t do very well last year, I got a B in Sociology and a B in Textiles and I got an E in Economics so I’m really shocked about my grade for Economics.

”I think my mum will be shocked!”

Elle has a place on the Foundation Degree in Art & Design at Seevic College for the next academic year.

She is hoping to pursue a creative career after her studies and said she enjoyed the atmosphere at Seevic.

She added: “I made a lot of friends here and I have got closer to people. My tutors motivated me quite a lot, they made me believe in myself.”

Chelsie Bee

170817-Chelsie -BeeChelsie was shocked to discover she was the top scoring student at Seevic in terms of UCAS points.

And it was even more of a shock for the 18-year-old as she had believed she failed one of her exams only to find out she had actually got an A grade.

She picked up an impressive set of results with an A in English Language & Literature, A in Media Studies, A in Psychology and a B in Drama & Theatre.

Chelsie, from Aveley, said: “It is a lot better than I thought it would be, the Psychology exam was really hard. I came out of that exam thinking I had failed.”

Chelsie is now going to the University of Portsmouth to study Film Production and hopes to work in film after she graduates.

She added: “The tutors were really helpful. Seevic is completely different to school, especially with the art and media.

“You can do it in your own way and if you get stuck they are there to help. My teacher, Toby Mountain, was really great and helped me a lot.”

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