Ruislip Residents' Association

Uxbridge College's GCSE Results

Margarita Popa and Lucien MukendiStudents at Uxbridge College are celebrating their results. At the College students either take GCSEs for the first time or are re-sitting them after failing to achieve their potential and usually take five subjects often progressing to A Levels or other equivalent courses.

Amanda Washbrook, Head of Uxbridge College Academy, the College department which teaches A Levels, GCSEs and Vocational Science, said : Uxbridge College and other Further Education colleges which teach GCSE programmes are unique in that they allow students to sit their exams in just one year. Our Academy students take five GCSE subjects, all in one year and often from scratch. Successful students may progress straight on to A Levels, BTEC National Diplomas and other courses of an equivalent level. I would like to say a huge congratulations to all our GCSE achievers.

Among the top ten achievers at Uxbridge College, where the pass rate was 98% at grades A* - G were:

Lucien Mukendi, 17 (pictured right) came to the UK from the Congo to escape the conflict situation and progress his education. He achieved A* in Maths, Biology and Chemistry, an A in Physics and a B in English.
Lucien who lives in Uxbridge will return to College to study Physics, Maths and Chemistry A Levels, said : It feels amazing because the whole year I have worked very hard. In my first assessment for Physics, Maths and Biology I got C grades so I decided then I needed to work as hard as I could. I am very satisfied with my results and I would advise other students to work hard - it is the only way to be successful.

Margarita Popa, 17 (left) who achieved A grades in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Media Studies and a D in English. She will be returning to College to take A Levels in Maths, Biology and Chemistry and resit her English.
Originally from Moldova, and now living in West Drayton, Margarita said : I am very happy with my results. It was more difficult to study as English is my second language, but the teachers understood that I might find it harder and gave me all the help I needed. Everyone is very friendly and supportive and I enjoyed studying the subjects.

Having recently received their GCSE results there may be some local students who were disappointed that they did not achieve the grades they hoped for in some subjects, particularly in Maths and English, but do not want to take resits at school. Some schools do not have the facilities/staff for students to resit these exams in the sixth form.One of the possible options might be to contact Uxbridge College and to explore their options.


Published in Further and Higher Education on 28 August 2016.
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