THERE were lots of happy faces at Fareham College today as students picked up their results.
The students were receiving their results for a wide range of BTEC subjects.
An impressive 99.9 per cent of all Advanced Level (level 3) students achieved their qualifications, with 61 per cent achieving high grades (A*-B or distinction) and 40 per cent achieving the highest grades possible (A* or distinction*).
The Advanced Level BTEC equates to three A-levels.
Dominic Truslove, 19, and his friend Peter Crampton-Borden, 18, picked up the top grades - triple distinction* - in aeronautical engineering. Both have jobs to go to using their engineering expertise and they are looking forward to taking the first steps in their careers.
Dominic, from Titchfield, said: ‘It’s been hard work but I’m really excited. It’s a different sort of course (than A-levels) but you still have to work hard and keep up with the coursework.’
Peter, of Orpine Close, Titchfield, said: ‘It’s been tricky but enjoyable. I’m really glad that I have finished, especially with the best grades possible.’
Katie Smith, 17, was picking up her results from her first year of a health and social care BTEC.
She said she was looking forward to moving on to her second year, after receiving two distinction*.
Katie, of Barnes Lane, Sarisbury Green, said: ‘I am really proud, I will be celebrating later. It’s a really good course.’
This trend of significant achievements comes at an exciting time for Fareham College, as it currently undergoing a £16m refurbishment programme at its Bishopsfield Road site.
Its new Centre of Excellence for Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Technology (CEMAST), in Lee-on-the-Solent, is also due to take its first students in September.
Principal Nigel Duncan said: ‘I am absolutely delighted with the impressive results that our students have achieved this year. On behalf of everyone at the college, I would like to congratulate every one of our students receiving their results.
‘We are very proud of you all and eagerly anticipate the continuation next year of such impressive leaning excellence.’
Today also marks the end of A-levels at the college, as the last handful of A-level students also received their results.