A-level results: Portsmouth College

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STUDENTS at Portsmouth College celebrated months of hard work when they received their A-level result this morning.

At the school, in Tangier Road, 40 per cent of students received A*-B grades and 98 per cent got A*-E results, the same pass rate as last year.

NIall Ward

NIall Ward

And success couldn’t be sweeter for Portsmouth College student Niall Ward, of Copnor.

He achieve A grades in economics and business and a C in maths which means he can study economics at St Mary’s College in London.

He said he shocked when he opened the envelope to read his results: ‘I was really shocked, it still hasn’t sunk in yet.

The 21-year-old from Copnor in Portsmouth originally undertook his A-levels at South Downs College, but failed to get the grades needed to move onto university.

He said: ‘I just dossed around a bit and didn’t do really well.

‘Then I started working in a call centre and that was when I realised that economics was what I wanted to do.’

Niall had to convince Portsmouth College’s head of economics to allow him take his A-levels again.

Niall then faced not only the challenge of passing his exams, but also the unusual situation of being a few years older than his classmates.

He said: ‘I had my 20th birthday when everyone else was about 16.’

Niall is now looking forward to finally going to university.

He said: ‘Two years of hard work has paid off.’