A talented student from Nelson and Colne College has shared her advice to those looking to go down the A Level route when they pick up their GCSE results next week.

Emily Cox, a former West Craven High School student, picked up her A*ABB grades in Psychology, Creative Writing, English Literature and Drama and Theatre Studies this morning, and is now looking forward to reading English Literature and Classics at the University of Edinburgh.

The 18-year-old, from Barrowford, whose aim is to go into teaching, said: “Work hard, because it does pay off in the end. Your first year is crucial, as if you do well then, it sets you up for your final year.”

Emily went on to talk about her NCC experience, and the relief she felt when she finally opened her results.

She said: “I feel relieved – I was really nervous opening them, so it is a weight off my shoulders.

“I have got to get ready for the next step after now. I am nervous and excited at the same time.

“NCC has prepared me really well and the tutors helped me decide what I wanted to do. At the beginning of the year I was unsure, but tutors have helped point me in the right direction.”

Nelson and Colne College staff and students are celebrating a 99.9% pass rate and more than half of students achieving A* to B grades. Government data has placed it number one in Lancashire for A Levels for the progress students make.

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