A level Success Stories

Students at Solihull Sixth Form College are celebrating some outstanding A level results this year and looking forward to exciting university careers on a variety of fascinating courses.

Two students are heading to the University of Oxford – Amelia-Anne Carse and Pete Miller secured straight A* grades to progress to Oriel College to study Engineering and Mansfield College to read English Language & Literature respectively. Other students are heading to the University of Birmingham, Imperial and University College London amongst other destinations.

Cameron EsienOne such student is Cameron Esien (aged 18, from Shirley), who achieved A* grades in Biology and German and A grades in Chemistry and Economics, as well as an A* in his Extended Project about legal morality. He has secured a place at University College London to study Law with German Law.

He commented:

“I’m happy with my results and my family is proud of me. I enjoyed my time at College and enjoyed the subjects I was studying and I’m looking forward to going to university. I like reading and writing and I was interested in the practical element of the course at UCL and I’m hoping it will lead to a career as a lawyer.”

Meanwhile, fellow student Dipesh Chouhan (aged 18, from Solihull) is heading to Imperial College London to study Mechanical Engineering. He secured this place with straight A* grades in A level History, Mathematics and Physics, as well as an A in his EPQ about jet engine efficiency.

Dipesh ChouhanHe explained:

“I’ve achieved better grades than I was expecting and I’m pleased it has got me my place at Imperial. I visited the university after I applied and had a tour and an interview. I got a good vibe from the place and I liked the facilities they had. Even the interview was good. They showed me a shell of an engine and asked me lots of questions about it, but as I had done research on this for my Extended Project I knew how to respond and it went really well. I’m looking forward to starting my degree.”

Another student heading to university to study Engineering is Yusra Gulzar (aged 18, from Knowle). She achieved A* grades in Chemistry and Maths and an A in Biology, as well as an A* in her Extended Project about water filtration and purification. She is heading to the University of Birmingham to study Chemical Engineering.

“I enjoyed studying Chemistry at College,” she explained. “I liked the Mechanics element of the Maths course too, so I think Chemical Engineering will be a fun course to do and I’m sure I will enjoy it. I think my time at College has really helped to prepare me for the challenge of university, particularly the independent study expected at College, coupled with the support from teachers.”

Also heading to the University of Birmingham are Evangeline Busby and James Kane. For Evangeline (aged 18, from Solihull) her straight A* grades in Biology Chemistry and Maths, as well as in her Extended Project about plastic waste and its impact on the environment, have earned her a place at Birmingham to continue her Chemistry studies.

Evie explained:

“I enjoyed my time at the College. Picking Chemistry as one of my A levels was a real last minute decision, but I really enjoyed the course, so much so that I’m continuing my studies in that subject at university. My course at Birmingham involves a year working in industry and I’m hoping that will help me decide on a career.”

For James Kane (aged 18, from Solihull) his A grades in English Literature and Politics, coupled with A* grades in Law and the Extended Project Qualification (concerning Shakespeare), mean he will now be heading to the University of Birmingham to study Law.

He commented:

“I’ve done better than I was expecting in my A levels, so I’m pleased. I’m quite a competitive person and I like the back and forth of debate so studying Law really appeals to me. I’m fascinated by both Law and Politics, so this course really interests me and I’m looking forward to getting started. I am hoping this might lead to me becoming a barrister or solicitor in the future.”

15 August 2019