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GCSE success for Reading College students

22 August 2019

96.6% of Activate Learning’s Reading College students who sat maths and English GCSE exams achieved a pass this year.
Many of the college’s GCSE students are learners who resit maths, English or both to continue in education. 
These include mature students who need these GCSEs to progress in their careers, learners who may have missed the chance to go to university first time round and want to study at degree level and also part-time students who have studied GCSEs at evening classes.
A career in the police force beckons for Ben
Ben Williams, from Reading, is celebrating after improving his English grade from a 3 to an amazing 6 in just one year. 
Ben said “I’m so happy! I’ve got one more year of study at the college for protective services and then I hope to join Thames Valley Police on their apprenticeship programme. 
“I found the teachers here really helpful and I’ve enjoyed my time in the Students’ Union. I hope to be elected president in the next year. 
“I’m having a great time!”
A Russell Group university next for Seth
Access to Higher Education student Seth Wright, from Basingstoke, now has maths and English GCSEs under his belt and has an unconditional offer to study psychology from the University of Glasgow.
Seth said: “I never enjoyed school before but I loved college. I made a lot of new friends here; I really like my teachers and the course content. Doing well was a big confidence boost.”
Tania passes her GCSEs and lands her dream job
Tania de Freitas lives in Maidenhead, studied GCSE English last year, and has just passed maths after holding down two jobs. Her new qualifications have recently helped her to get the office job that she “always wanted”.
Tania now wants to study photography at Reading College as she says: “I love it here. The teachers and the support they provide is really amazing.”
Congratulations to all our learners
Activate Learning Group Chief Executive Sally Dicketts MBE, said: “We are always excited at GCSE results day at Activate Learning.
“Many of our students getting their results today have already sat these exams at school and failed to get the grades they require. So it is really pleasing to see them now significantly improving their maths and English results.
“I would also like to congratulate our many adult learners who collected their results today. Some of their stories are truly remarkable and I am delighted to see their hard work to improve themselves and their determination to change their lives has been rewarded. 
“These results are a testament to the student’s hard work and the approach we take to learning at our colleges. We understand that in order for our learners to succeed, we need to provide them with support and help them to get into a mindset where they feel they are able to do it.”
Reading College teaches a wide range of A Levels including history, law, biology and accounting, as well as a degree in Psychology and Criminology and the Professional / Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Additionally, our extensive network of business partners means that we provide outstanding apprenticeship opportunities as well as our vocational and technical courses.
Advice and support available whatever your grade
This year we are providing information, advice and guidance at the college on the GCSE results day, and throughout the end of August and early September. Tutors and career advisers will be on hand to help anyone who is unsure as to what to do next after GCSEs, and we can also provide advice on funding and other student support services.