Middlesbrough College students get the best of both

19 October 2018

High grades are just one of the reasons Middlesbrough College students get the best career and further study opportunities.

A Level results day this year saw an impressive 19 of the 23 A Level subjects offered at MC6 – Middlesbrough College’s dedicated sixth form centre – receive a 100 per cent pass rate.

Students excelled in key subjects such as maths, computer science, law, history, geography and psychology. 

And those studying for BTEC vocational qualifications added to the success, with 80 per cent of students gaining a distinction grade – moving the college into the top 10 per cent nationally.

Students also benefited from a dynamic mix of academic and vocational learning – thanks to Middlesbrough College’s ‘Mix It Up Programme’. 

It lets students combine A Levels with vocational subjects to boost their employability and stand out in university applications.

Typically students pick three subjects including two A Levels and one vocational course. 

Jess Lancaster, 18, from Redcar, has taken advantage of the programme – studying a mix of BTEC Law, A Level English and A Level Philosophy and Ethics.

And it has paid off as Jess is now studying English Literature at York St John University.

She said: “Studying a mix of courses has really helped me, and I know it was a factor in securing a university offer.”

Underpinning the success is Middlesbrough College’s first class teaching and resources. 

In a rigorous Higher Education national review, the college was awarded the Gold Standard Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the only university or GFE college in the Tees Valley to achieve this. 

Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive of Middlesbrough College, said: “I’m thrilled to see another year of excellent results for students, their lecturers and college staff who have all worked so hard towards this day. 

“These are impressive statistics and we are proud to be able to support so many young people on their route to their chosen career.  

“This year we have 1,277 students who have applied to university and that is due to our consistently high achievement grade profile. 

“Ninety-six per cent of our learners go on to employment, further or higher education or apprenticeships – and to a positive future. And it’s great to be a part of that.

“Our student outcomes are now among the top nationally and our progression to university or employment has never been higher at 97 per cent for school leavers and 93 per cent for our adults.” 

Come along to our next Open Event on Tuesday 23rd October, 5-8pm to find out more information about our A Level courses!


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