Nelson and Colne College is once again delighted to announce the exceptional achievements of its Level 3 learners, with a remarkable 99% A Level Pass Rate, a 100% T Level Pass Rate, and a 99% Level 3 Technical Education Pass Rate. 

To really add excitement to the day the BBC were on hand to capture the jubilant reactions of over 800 students receiving their results. Broadcasting live on both BBC Breakfast and Radio 5 Live students were thrilled to share their results with the nation.  

Against a national backdrop of falling grades due to the return to pre-pandemic grading measures, Nelson and Colne College A Level students have matched the pass rates achieved in 2019. These remarkable results have opened doors for these talented young people to attend top Universities and progress to rewarding careers. 

Alongside these outstanding pass rates: 

  • 89% of A Level learners achieved at least one A*-C High Grade  
  • 67% of A Level learners achieved at least one A*-B Top Grade 
  • 96% of Level 3 Technical Education Learners achieved at least one D*-M High Grade  
  • 72% of Level 3 Technical Education Learners achieved at least one D*-D Top Grade 
  • 96% of T Level learners achieved at least one D*-M Top Grade, and 100% of Digital and Health T Level students achieved D*-M High Grades.  
  • 40% of T Level learners achieved at least one D*-D Top Grade 


This year’s results include only the second cohort of T Level learners, who are seeing the results of their hard work on these innovative government programmes come to fruition. T Levels, introduced in 2020, blend classroom education with practical work experience, providing a unique learning platform to prepare learners for the world of work. Nelson and Colne College takes pride in being a T Level pioneer, being the first College in the area to adopt the new qualifications, and has seen their T Level students achieve this incredible 100% pass rate. 

The College also shone in individual subjects, with A Level Graphics and Textiles achieving 100% A*-B grade pass rate. Further Maths students similarly secured an impressive 100% A*-C grade pass rate. 

Principal and CEO Lisa O’Loughlin was interviewed by the BBC this morning and said: “I am so excited for our learners and the opportunities that lay ahead of them following their outstanding results. We know that, because of Covid, it has been a difficult few years for these students, but their hard work and determination is clear to see when we have so many of our learners progressing onto high value degree programmes in subjects such as Medicine and Allied Health Professions or Law. Our impressive high and top grades in all areas show just how hard our students have worked. 

“The success of our T Level students is testament to our role as a trailblazer within these new qualifications. We were delighted to have welcomed so many of our employer partners in to share in our student successes this morning, as they play such a pivotal role within the success of these technical education programmes. 

Among the exceptional students who have achieved extraordinary results this year are: 

  • Poppy Hill, a West Craven High School alumnus, who attained A*s in Biology and Chemistry, along with As in French and her Extended Project Qualification. She is now embarking on a Biochemistry course at Oxford University. 
  • Isabella Lord, a former West Craven High School pupil, attained an A in History and Ancient History and a B in French which secured her a place at Oxford University, reading History. 
  • Darcy Robinson, formerly of Ribblesdale High School has achieved A grades in Biology, Geography, and Chemistry. She is now set to study Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool. 
  • Emily Gott, an alumna of Colne Primet Academy, secured an A* in Sociology, B grades in English Language and History, and an A in her Extended Project Qualification. She is now bound for the University of York to study Sociology. 
  • Sophie Coiley, a former pupil at Ss John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School, achieved with all As in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, and her Extended Project Qualification. She is now progressing to the University of Liverpool to study Biological and Medical Sciences. 
  • Mubashar Ahmad, achieved an A* in Biology and As in Chemistry, Maths, and his Extended Project Qualification. Mubashar was a student at Marsden Heights Community College and has now secured his route to Biomedical Science career. 
  • Malaika Rizwan, an alumna of Pendle Vale High School, secured an A* in Psychology, an A in Sociology, and a B in Biology. Her journey continues at the University of Lancaster for Medicine. 
  • Arij Dar, a former Marsden Heights Community College pupil, earned an A* in Psychology, an A in Sociology, and a B in Biology, earning her a place at the University of Salford to read Diagnostic Radiography. 
  • Hafsa Akhlaq, a former pupil at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Blackburn, achieved an A* in Biology and A grades in Sociology and Chemistry, securing her place at Bradford University to read Optometry. 


These outstanding results mean that these students are making their way onto their desired next step destinations, including some of the best universities in the country and onto degree apprenticeships. Nelson and Colne College are celebrating progression into Medicine and Allied Health Courses, which continues a trend that is consistently above the local and national average, with 30% of students applying to heading off to university to study in this area. Another 14% have progressed on to higher level Law and Criminology courses, which is again an impressive amount when compared with local and national trends. 


Students receiving results were on hand to share their thoughts, with Poppy Hill saying “I’m just really happy and so glad that all my hard work has paid off. I couldn’t have had a better result and can now progress to the University of Oxford which I am so excited about. The teachers here are fantastic. There’s lots of support provided during and after lessons and I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I did without them.” 


Darcy Robinson achieved A grades in Biology, Geography and Chemistry, securing her place at the University of Liverpool where she will study Veterinary Science. The former Ribblesdale High School pupil said: “I’m so happy with my grades and thrilled that I can now go on and pursue my dream of working as a vet.”  

Dawid Zycinski, a former pupil at Park High School, received 3 Distinction* grades in T Level Digital Production Design and Development. As part of his studies, he gained work experience at Origin Control Solutions, Preston, and this has led to him being given a part time contract with the company, as well as the financial support needed to continue his studies at Lancaster University where he will read Computer Science. He said: “I chose a T Level as it was the perfect mix of BTEC and A Level learning with 315 work experience hours during the two years. I am delighted to be progressing to Lancaster University and really looking forward to continuing working with Origin Control Solutions, as my placement there was really beneficial for my studies.” 

If you find yourself inspired by these achievements and seek to elevate your career aspirations through a Nelson and Colne College education, it’s not too late. Their dedicated Admissions Team stands ready to guide you toward the perfect course. Reach out today at 01282 440272 or via email at