THERE were tears of happiness and some of regret at a Gosport college as students picked up their exam results today.
Students were allowed to collect their results for A-levels, AS-levels and B-Techs from 9.30am at St Vincent College.
For Nicola Martin, her result - a C in Critical Thinking A-level - means her dream of becoming a speech language therapist is one step closer.
Nicola, 27, wanted to return to university after being inspired by her own three-year old twin sons - Dylan and Charlie.
She is now off to the University of Portsmouth to study Speech and Language Therapy.
Nicola, from Dolman Road, Gosport, said: ‘It has been a bit of a struggle but it’s been worth it as I have got my place at university. I want to be a speech language therapist as there has been studies that prove there is a link between boys bad behaviour and speech development at an early age. I want to work in that field to stop that from happening. My children have had speech delays and that gave me the focus and inspired me to go back to university. It gave me the focus of what I want to do with my life.’
Also pleased with their results were sisters Carrie, 18, and Taryn Weaver, 19.
Carrie, who got B in Classics, B in English Language and C in History, said: ‘It was hard but definitely worth it. I resat my first year Classics exam because I got a D first time but I got a B finally.’
She plans on going to Canterbury Christ Church University to study History with Archaeology.
Taryn also secured her place at Swansea to study Egyptology with Ancient History.
She said: ‘It’s got me in, that’s what matters’.
She got a B in Classics, C in History and C in Government Politics.
Jack Brydon, 19, from Albemarle Avenue, Gosport. collected his Performing Arts Dancing and Acting B-Tech results.
He got double distinction stars in both subjects and is now off to the East 15 Acting School in London.
Jack said: ‘I’ve loved every second of studying. I am going to acting school now so hopefully if it goes well I will become an actor. It is so exciting. I’ve told my family and they are happy for me. I’m nervous but I’m looking forward to it.’
Assistant Principal Andy Grant said: ‘It’s been a huge success, we have had a huge number of students come in. Some already knew their results as they had checked on the web before they came in and some have anticipated a bit of an opportunity to celebrate with their friends. We have had some real successes with students who will now be off to university or on to employment and taking the steps in their life. It’s been a really good day.’
Overall, 98 per cent of students received A* to E grades in their A-levels, with 37 per cent getting an A* to B grade.