Fareham College Level 3 students and staff are today celebrating an outstanding overall advanced level pass rate of 99.4%. Almost half of the students achieved high grades, with over a quarter achieving the highest grade possible.
Fareham College’s Principal and Chief Executive, Andrew Kaye, said, “We are extremely proud of our students for achieving these outstanding results which are a true testament to their hard work and commitment. Despite the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, staff and students adapted to working remotely very quickly and continued to focus on their studies until the end of the summer term and it is this unfaltering dedication, that has yet again produced exceptional results for our students. Our strive for excellence through continual improvement is at the core of everything we do, and these results truly reflect the benefits our students gain learning from our industry-experienced teachers, in state-of-the-art facilities.
“Level 3 qualifications have the great advantage of opening the door to different career paths. Many offer the same route into university as A Levels and a number of our students are taking this route in September. Other students are able to take advantage of Fareham College’s close business links and progress straight into employment. Students who have taken this option have secured full time employment or apprenticeships in organisations such as McLaren, Carnival, NATS, Hampshire County Council and South Western Railways.”
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services Student, Ed Ralls, who achieved top marks D*D*D said, “I am absolutely thrilled with my results and really excited to take my next step towards my future career. I have applied to undertake an Apprenticeship with Hampshire Constabulary and would like to work on the front-line in the police force. Fareham College provided me with excellent support and fantastic facilities, enabling me to achieve amazing results.”
Lucy Uttley, who achieved a Distinction in her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music qualification and is progressing onto the University of Southampton to study Music BA Hons said, “I am so happy and really pleased with my results. I chose to study Music at Fareham College due to the practical application of the subject and the outstanding facilities. I really enjoyed being a member of a band and taking part in live performances. Even during lockdown, the support and encouragement we received from our tutors was excellent and enabled us to continue with our studies and achieve a fantastic result. I am really excited to be going to the University of Southampton in September.”
Molly Greenwood, Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery said, “ I have really enjoyed the course and I didn’t realise how much I love working in a kitchen until I came to Fareham College. Having the opportunity to work in the College’s commercial kitchen and restaurant, Avenue 141 was invaluable and has given me the skills and experience to enable me to start a new job in the South of France working in a Two Michelin Star restaurant starting in September.”
The College’s First Year Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma Health and Social Care students have also been celebrating today. Faculty Director, Michelle Young said, “We have had a staggering number of First Year Level 3 Health and Social Care students gaining the top grade of A* with a further seven students gaining grade As. That is almost 60% of students achieving an A or A* in their first year, in spite of lockdown and adapting to teaching and learning remotely and being pulled out of placements early due to the COVID-19 crisis. Our Second Years also excelled with their results this year, with 81% achieving a grade A or A*. Very proud of them all.”
Andrew Kaye added “As we move into the next academic year, we will embark on the delivery of the brand-new T Level qualifications at Fareham College. These courses provide a technical alternative to A Levels, with the additional benefit of extended industry placements. From this September, we will be offering courses in Education and Childcare and Digital Production, Design and Development. Again, we are leading the way in offering a choice of qualification to put every student onto the career path of their choice”.
Fareham College is still accepting applications and is offering personal tours of the three different campuses; Bishopsfield Road, Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST) and Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC) and is holding an online open event on Saturday 10 September from 10am to 2pm. To find out more visit fareham.ac.uk.