Colleges celebrate A Level learner success

Today thousands of learners across Wales are celebrating their A Level and AS results. In line with the national Welsh average colleges have seen an increase in the number of A level results at A* and A.

Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive, said “We congratulate all college learners on their fantastic results. As well as recognising the achievements of individuals, these results are also a testament to the hard work of college staff and the excellent teaching and learning provided by colleges across Wales.”

With top grades in Wales increasing slightly year on year, some colleges are reaching a pass rate of 99% with all colleges now exceeding the UK average pass rate of 97.6%.

The number of entries is slightly down as a result of a range of factors, mainly the decline in the population of 18-year-olds which is down 2.1%. Learners are also becoming more aware of different choices and opting for vocational post-16 education pathways, as reflected in yesterday’s BTEC results day.

There was stability in outcomes for the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate.

Iestyn Davies continued “It was great to see Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education, celebrate with learners receiving their A Level results at Coleg y Cymoedd this morning. We urge Welsh Government to continue to focus on increasing collaboration between schools and colleges as we work towards an ever-improving learner journey and further developing learner employability.

But if you’re one of the learners who didn’t quite achieve what they hoped, there are still plenty of opportunities available and routes into exciting careers and further training. Do talk to your local college, or explore Careers Wales’ free Working Wales advice service for young people, which includes information on apprenticeships, work or continuing in education. “