The Sixth Form College, Solihull is celebrating success, with a 98% pass rate in all BTEC Extended Diploma and CACHE courses and 299 Distinction* grades or equivalent.
The College offers BTEC Extended Diploma courses in Art & Design, Applied Science, Business, Health & Social Care, IT and Sport and all six courses have enjoyed great results this year. This success has been echoed on the CACHE Childcare & Education course (similar to BTEC), which saw 100% high grades (all A and A* grades) and all students completing their 750 hours of work placements.
BTEC Extended Diploma courses are equivalent to studying three A levels and are graded with Distinction* (star), Distinction, Merit and Pass grades. 81% of students across all six courses achieved a Triple Distinction grade or better and 48% of our BTEC students attained the top Triple Distinction* (D*D*D*) grade.
One of the most successful BTEC courses at the College this year was the BTEC Sport course, with every student achieving at least two Distinction* grades and 63% of students getting the very top Triple Distinction* grade. William Jordan (aged 18, from Solihull) was one of the top achievers on the BTEC Sport course; his Triple Distinction* grade has earned him a place on the Sport Coaching, Exercise and Rehabilitation Science course at the University of Birmingham.
In BTEC Art & Design, every student gained at least a Triple Distinction grade and 60% of students achieved the very top grade. This is the third consecutive year that BTEC students have achieved 100% high grades. 15 students are continuing onto degree courses nationally, across a variety of Art & Design disciplines, including Fine Art, Illustration, Fashion Design and Photography. One such student is Ellie Trifonos (aged 18, from Hall Green), whose Triple Distinction* grade has earned her a place at Birmingham City University to study Textile Design.
In the BTEC Health & Social Care course, there was a 95% pass rate and 89% of students achieved high grades. On the BTEC IT course, evert student passed and 81% of these students got at least one Distinction grade. Hannah Grimmett (aged 19, from Shirley) was one of the students to get the top Triple Distinction* grade. She is taking a gap year and then applying for a Paramedic Science course.
The BTEC Applied Science and BTEC Business courses are the most popular of all our BTEC courses at the College and these saw pass rates of 96% and 97% respectively. 74% of the Business students achieved at least a Triple Distinction grade, while 75% of those on the Applied Science course did the same. Naomi Oldfield (aged 18, from Solihull) achieved one of the top grades on the BTEC Health & Social Care course; she is taking her Triple Distinction* grade and moving onto Coventry University to study Occupational Therapy. Meanwhile, Liam Taylor (aged 18, from Chelmsley Wood) is an example of one of the highest achieving BTEC Business students – he got a Triple Distinction* grade and is progressing onto the University of the West of England to study Business Management.
College Principal Martin Sullivan commented:
“It’s been another great year for our BTEC courses and I want to congratulate the students and their teachers for their hard work and dedication. As these courses have been assessed by 100% coursework, it’s important to acknowledge what a heavy workload the students have had, but they have risen to the challenge. These results set them up well for whatever challenges they have ahead, with the majority of them heading off to university. I wish them all the very best of luck!”
While BTEC students can enjoy their summer, comfortable in the knowledge they have already secured their university places, our A level students must wait to find out if they have done enough to confirm their places. A level results will be announced nationwide on 16 August.
18 July 2018