College of West Anglia confident of getting students into university after strong A-Level results

THE College of West Anglia is confident more students will get into their first choice university after a stunning set of A Level results.

Caps on higher education places across the UK mean this year’s best and brightest face an “unprecedented” battle to make it on to the college course of their dreams.

But students at Isle College in Wisbech are sitting pretty after 94 per cent recorded a pass.

An impressive 60 per cent got higher than a C in their A2 exams, whereas 67 per cent passed at AS Level with 30 per cent getting A-C grades.

And in 13 subjects, the college achieved a perfect 100 per cent pass rate with the majority of student attaining higher A-C grades.

Richard Bradley, head of faculty for humanities and science, said: “This year’s results reflect both the hard work and commitment of our students and the high quality of teaching they enjoy at the college.”

He added: “We are delighted with the 13 subjects achieving a 100 per cent pass rate coupled with the majority of our A Level students attaining higher A to C grades, which means more of them will be accepted into their first choice college of university.”

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The College of West Anglia itself faces a squeeze on places this year.

Earlier this month staff revealed they received a record 5,500 applications for September 2010 - a 15 per cent increase on last year.

However principal David Pomfret said: “It can only be good news for the local economy that the College of West Anglia will be producing well-qualified and trained young people for the coming years.”

Most popular choices at the college for next year include sport, uniformed services, creative arts, equine and animal care courses.

CWA also expects to take on more apprentices, building on the 900 it had last year.

Yet financial challenges including a �750,000 budget deficit means 43.5 posts are due to be cut across the college’s campuses.

That means 11.3 teaching positions would disappear along with jobs in business and support services. However 21 new posts are set to be created across the college’s campuses.

Despite the rise in students applications, the college expects Government funding for further education to fall in the next few years.