Sophie Griffiths, an A2 level Humanities student at The College Merthyr Tydfil is smiling after being offered a place at St John’s College, Cambridge to study English. Sophie, whose offer is conditional on her achieving an A* and two A’s in her A2 examinations, also applied to Cardiff, Warwick, Bristol and Exeter University, but had her heart set on Cambridge after taking part in the Shadowing scheme in February 2014. She was ecstatic when she found out that she had an interview at Cambridge. Sophie commented “I couldn’t believe it when the letter came through informing me that I had been invited to attend an interview at Cambridge University. I was very nervous about going but I really enjoyed the experience. I was thrilled when I subsequently got my offer letter.”
Lisa Thomas, Head of A level programmes at the college, stated “The college has a unique programme for more able and talented students which provides stretching and challenging term-time and summer school activities linked to Oxford, Cambridge and other UK and international universities. As an outcome of this programme, we currently have a number of students applying to study at universities like Penn University, Harvard University, Oxford and Cambridge. We have also been selected to be part of the new Oxbridge Hub for South Wales from September 2015.”
Sophie, who previously attended Cyfarthfa High School, is just one of over 225 of the college’s level 3 students who have applied to study at university in September 2015. This is 50% higher than previous years and reflects the level of support and activities that are being provided to help inspire students to progress on to higher education.
Amongst the college’s vocational students, BTEC level 3 sports students have received a number of university offers. Jess Osbourne, John Hughes and Chloe Lloyd have received offers from the University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan to study sports degrees whilst BTEC Outdoor Adventure students Luke Thomas Enoch, Patrick Burchell and Christian Golden have received Double Merit conditional offers from the University of Wales Saint David for BA Outdoor Education.
Sarah Kerrigan, Head of Sport at the college commented “I am really pleased with the offers that our Sports students have received. We work hard to encourage our students to progress on to higher study and it is really encouraging to see so many youngsters taking up these opportunities and realising that BTEC’s offer an A level equivalent route into university.”
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