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Activate Learning’s City of Oxford College students celebrate A Level success

13 August 2020

City of Oxford College would like to congratulate the 85 students who passed their A Level qualifications today with a 98% pass rate. 
The City of Oxford College physics department maintained a 100% pass rate for the second consecutive year, 6% above the national average. Law students also secured a 100% pass , 6% above the national average.  
Sixteen of the eighteen A Level subjects at City of Oxford College secured pass rates above the national average with the majority of subjects securing a 100% pass rate at the college.

Sally Dicketts CBE, Chief Executive of Activate Learning, said: “I am delighted to see that so many of our students have succeeded and achieved some fantastic results this year and I’m thrilled to say that across Activate Learning our overall pass rate is up on last year.   

“I think this year has highlighted how important it is to apply yourself from day one and remain focused throughout your studies, and for those students that did this their efforts have been rewarded today.  

“As with every year, there are always some people that feel unhappy with the grades they’ve received, regardless of the special conditions that we’ve found ourselves in this year because of COVID.  

“We will support those students however we can to ensure that they are able to achieve the things they want and realise their ambitions.” 

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Sarah Swift was the college’s top performer, achieving two A* grades in chemistry and mathematics, as well as two A grades in biology and further maths. She will now take up an offer from the University of Cambridge where she will study natural sciences.

Sarah said: “I am very glad and I am feeling very lucky today!

“I have been surrounded by lovely and supportive people at college. When I found out I had been offered a place at Cambridge, I whispered to my friend who told our entire class and they all clapped for me.

“I wouldn’t have done so well if it wasn’t for my friends and teachers who kept me so motivated.”

Gersi Tafaj achieved A* grades in mathematics and further maths, an A grade in chemistry and a B in biology and will be studying chemical engineering at the University of Manchester in September.  
Gersi said: “I am finding it hard to find words for how I feel right now, of course I am so happy as I’ve done better than I expected. 
“This doesn’t feel real and I am still feeling anxious even though I know have the grades! I am going to celebrate with some friends later. 
“I would like to say a big thanks to all of my teachers at City of Oxford College who have helped me become who I am today.” 

Abigail Miller achieved A* in physics, an A in mathematics and a B grade in psychology and is awaiting confirmation to study physics at Imperial College London. Abigail said: "I am really happy with my results and how hard I’ve worked this year. I am awaiting a decision on whether Imperial will accept me today so fingers crossed!”  
“Physics has been my favourite subject at every academic level, mainly because I like being able to understand the reason behind objects behaviour at every scale. Hopefully, I'll be able to go on to do a masters in physics. 

“Thank you to my teachers for their support throughout my course, it's been a great experience despite the abrupt ending.  

“I would recommend the college for anyone who wants more independence with their education.”

City of Oxford College teaches a wide range of A Levels including further mathematics, drama and theatre studies, physics and media studies as well as degree subjects ranging from business and enterprise, furniture design and make, policing, and sports coaching. Additionally, our extensive network of business partners means that we provide outstanding apprenticeship opportunities.

The college is offering information, advice and guidance to anyone who is unsure as to what to do next after their A Levels. More information is available at