17th August 2017

BHASVIC – Top grades at A Level

Students and staff at BHASVIC are celebrating another set of outstanding results this year. From the 3,296 A level exams taken, nearly two-thirds of all grades were awarded A*-B (64%). Today’s results reflect outcomes from the first year of new ‘linear’ A levels in some subjects (with all exams taken at the end of two years), so to see the high grade (A*-B) rate improve by over 1% on last year is a remarkable achievement and 11% higher than national average. Pass rates also remain resolutely high at 98.5% - representing very strong outcomes for a cohort of results that includes new two year linear courses – and is 0.5% above national average, where every tenth of a percent is significant. A* grades made up an incredible 13.3% of the results – again over 1% higher than the previous year and nearly 5% above national average. The A*-A grade rate at BHASVIC is  34.3% which is 8.1% above the national average of 26.2%.

Results for vocational qualifications are equally impressive. These courses achieved a 96.5% pass rate, with a phenomenal 82.0% at Distinction or above.

These results cement BHASVIC’s position as one of the best performing sixth-form colleges in the country, which on similar outcomes from the previous year saw the college ranked in the top five sixth form colleges nationally on both raw results and value added data.

Principal, William Baldwin, said: ‘We pride ourselves on being ‘open access’ and non-selective in the students we take (prospective students can study three A levels here if they have achieved 6 GCSEs) and these results remain some of the best in the country even in comparison to selective and independent schools.  Both teachers and students should be rightly praised, especially given that to achieve such results they had to navigate new specifications and assessment frameworks in some subjects.

Parents and our Partner Schools must also get credit and thanks for their input into these results. They are testament to the learning culture that has been created here at BHASVIC and are evidence that students who come here have every opportunity to fulfil their potential. Let’s also not lose sight of the fact that success comes in all forms and for some students simply passing an A level or BTEC is a real achievement.Congratulations to all our students – whether they are going off to university, gap years or into the workplace – we wish them the best of luck for their future’.