Despite the confusion and uncertainty around grades, many students are celebrating their success.
As many school pupils celebrate their successes in GCSE examinations today (Thursday August 23), Derby College is also applauding the successes of their students who have undertaken resits in GCSE English and Maths, enabling them to progress in their study and career plans.
Derby College offers GCSE Maths and English programmes at its campuses to support young people who have not previously achieved the required Grade 4 (formerly grade C) in these core subjects upon leaving school. This year saw 1,800 16-19 year olds sitting GCSE Maths and/or English and of those, around 50% were successful in improving their grades.
Derby College is celebrating an increase in the number of students achieving higher grades (A* to B) in the first A level results published since the major curriculum re-structure.
A record 30% of A level students at the Joseph Wright sixth form centre gained the higher grades and the overall pass rate was just over 96%. Points per entry has also increased to 27.5 compared with 23.7 last year.