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College celebrates brilliant 2023 A-Level results

By Gary Lawrence

ST VINCENT COLLEGE is celebrating another encouraging set of A-Level results as students found out their grades throughout Thursday (August 17); the Gosport based education facility seeing one hundred percent of students achieved grades A*-E despite the return of stricter pre-pandemic marking schemes.

Almost seventy percent (69.7%) of students achieved grades of A*-C in three or more subjects; with over one quarter (25.9%) receiving marks of A*-B in their grades. The college saw particularly strong results in creative art subjects with seventy five percent achieving A*-B in Art & Design Contextual Studies, 50 per cent achieving these grades in Art and a third in Graphic Communication.

The colleague further saw one hundred percent of students pass their BTEC Vocational Level Three qualifications across multiple subjects; with some new courses due to begin for the 2023-24 academic year. This includes adult nursing, digital production and design T levels amongst other options.

Among the many success stories was 17-year-old Melissa Francis, who achieved three Distinction*s in Business and Psychology BTECs. She now has a place at the University of Bath where she will be studying marketing for 2023-24. Speaking on Thursday she thanked the teachers for supporting her in the first external ones after the pandemic; adding “It was nerve-wracking but I was also really excited to sit them”.

Eighteen year old Oscar Williams was also celebrating as he guaranteed a place studying commercial photograph at Bournemouth after achieving three A-levels; featuring an A* in Photography, an A in Contextual Studies, and a B in Graphics. He wants to go into a career in portrait photography, saying: “The exams were quite tough but I got through it and I’m really pleased to have passed,”

College Principal Andy Grant congratulated everybody who passed their qualifications as he said: “The overall results are amazing for the college, the best ever A-level results we’ve achieved, The number of students who have achieved high grades means that all of our students can go on to the university of their choice. Our BTEC results surpassed even our expectations and they’re much higher than I think the national trends will show.”

He continued: “Today is a real opportunity to celebrate, it’s a validation of the work that we’ve done with the students to develop their resilience to give them that practical experience of what exam situations are like and the support services that have been implemented to help students deal with the post-pandemic challenges that young people have faced. It’s just wonderful to see, it’s my favourite time of the year.”

St Vincent College is still accepting applications for the academic year. Readers can find out more information by visiting; including how to apply for courses.

PICTURED BY ST VINCENT COLLEGE: Students celebrating results earlier on Thursday morning as part of annual release day across the country.