Nelson and Colne College is celebrating a stunning rise in the number of students who achieved the highest A* and A grades at A Level.

The college’s overall A Level pass rate is 99% and the number of students achieving coveted A* and A grades has seen a spectacular rise by three percentage points, up to 24.6%.

Across the board, 2019’s results show an increase in higher grades, with 58.5% of students at NCC achieving high A*-B grades, an improvement of more than five percentage points. The percentage of students achieving A*-C grades have also grown and now sits at 80%.

Almost all subject areas scored 100% pass rates with the Mathematics and Science departments seeing strong achievement with 17 A* grades and 46 A grades.

There was high achievement in Creative subject areas, with 100% of Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography and Textile students achieving A*-B grades. In Business, Humanities and Languages, there was a total of 23 A* grades and 68 A grades, with strong performances in Sociology, Psychology, Business and Spanish.

Many students are going on to study at top universities across the UK, including Russell Group establishments such as the University of Cambridge, Durham University, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Leeds, the University of Manchester, Newcastle University and the University of York.

Students are progressing on to study a range of highly competitive degree courses including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Computer Science, Law and Economics.

Principal of Nelson and Colne College, Amanda Melton, said: “I’m delighted with the 2019 A Level results and I would like to congratulate our students on achieving these remarkable results.

“Nelson and Colne College is an extraordinary place to study and the rise we have seen in the highest A* and A grades demonstrates what an extraordinary learning environment we have created here at NCC.

“Each year, we continue to be a beacon for excellence and this is achieved by combining phenomenal teaching, excellent facilities, the offer of exceptional work placement opportunities and a first-class extracurricular programme, including Pre-Professional Programmes for competitive career pathways.

“It all contributes towards our students excelling and achieving the best that they can.”

To follow in the footsteps of this year’s A Level stars, enrolment will be taking place at Nelson and Colne College on GCSE Results Day on Thursday 22 August, and on Friday 23 August.

Nelson and Colne College is the number one college in the country for 16-18 learner achievement, based on government data, and it is number one in Lancashire for A Levels, based on progress scores. It is also the number one college in Lancashire for student satisfaction, based on the government’s FE Choices survey.

If you would like to enrol at Nelson and Colne College, contact 01282 440272 or visit