It was a big day for students across Wales as they received their results today, with a small sense of normality in the air. In fact, this is the first year students have taken summer exams since 2019, which puts us in a transitional period back to pre-pandemic grades.

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, has congratulated learners across Wales as A-level, AS, Welsh Baccalaureate and vocational qualification learners received their results this morning.

Learners returned to formal A-level and AS exams and assessments this year, for the first time since 2019. Many vocational learners also received their Level 3 results today.

The Minister visited Coleg Sir Gar in Llanelli this morning, where he met students collecting their results. He said……

“I want to wish a big congratulations to everyone receiving their results today. It’s a huge day for you, the culmination of years of hard work, and I hope you got the grades you’d hoped for.

“We know what a challenging couple of years it’s been for students and staff. For everyone involved in ensuring this year’s exams could take place, today is reward for all the hard work you have put in.

“A record number of young people from Wales will be going to university this year and have an exciting time ahead.

“For anyone who didn’t quite get the results you wanted, or you’re unsure of your next steps, my key message is – don’t be too disappointed and don’t be too hard on yourself. There are a wide range of options open to you, including university clearing, apprenticeships, even starting your own business. Careers Wales is a great place to start for advice and your school or college will be there to support you too.    

“Our Young Person’s Guarantee provides everyone under the age of 25 with the opportunity to enrol in education or training, find work or become self-employed, so be assured you have lots of choices in pursuing the career you want.

“I hope that everyone receiving your results today takes time to congratulate yourself, enjoy the rest of the summer and look forward to the exciting opportunities you have ahead of you.”

What a day it’s been for COLEG GWENT! The wait is finally over as learners and staff celebrate another incredible year of A Level and BTEC results at one of Wales’ top performing colleges. After a difficult year for learners, Coleg Gwent has seen strong results today, with outstanding performance in the higher A*-C grades at 79.2% and almost a third of learners achieving top A*-A grades. This means the majority of learners have achieved their first-choice university places. 

In the first year of a return to exams since pre-pandemic times, 1,324 students sat A/AS Level exams, and 1,045 learners studied Level 3 vocational BTEC qualifications across the college. They have adapted to meet learners’ needs through an ever-changing post-pandemic environment, supporting many students as they experienced exams for the first time. 

Thanks to the learners’ resilience and hard work, combined with unwavering support from tutors and staff, Coleg Gwent proudly boasts impressive learner outcomes for 2022. The college celebrates a strong cross-campus A Level pass rate today, despite the disruption COVID caused to learning over the past two years.  

Top A* grades were awarded to 79 high-flying students. Seven of these attained four A*/A grades and 50 were awarded three A*/A grades, with a number of students going on to study at Oxbridge and other Russell Group and Sutton Trust universities. 

Meanwhile, BTEC learners joined the celebrations this year too, receiving fantastic results across 40 different vocational subject areas, opening doors to a range of universities, apprenticeships and careers. Similarly, over 180 adult learners have successfully completed their Agored Access to Higher Education course with Coleg Gwent and will be progressing on to a degree course at university. 

Coleg Gwent has seen strong results today, with outstanding performance in the higher A*-C grades

Vice Principal, Nicola Gamlin told us…… 

“We’re very proud of our learners’ achievements this year and want to thank the excellent staff who have supported them through a difficult time.  Despite all the uncertainty of the last two years, our learners have again achieved excellent grades.” 

Faculty Director for Enterprise and Academic Studies, Ian Millward added…… 

“This has proved to be an excellent set of results which will enable the vast majority of our learners to take up their first-choice university places. This has been made possible by the skill and dedication of the staff and the hard work of our learners.” 

Congratulations to all the learners who received results today. Read some of Coleg Gwent’s learner success stories below – it’s not too late to apply now to follow in their footsteps this September: 

Welsh language enthusiast, EVAN PRICE, 18, from Ponthir. With grades A*AA, he’s going to Cambridge University to study Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic.

“Coleg Gwent staff were incredibly helpful in getting me there, providing feedback on personal statement drafts, specialist practice Ox-bridge interviews and lending books that were important to the course.” 

Pontypool’s NELL BRIDGES, 18, previously from Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, is stepping into the exciting world of Cambridge University this September after achieving grades A*AA and being accepted to study Geography. 

“The level of support and encouragement at Coleg Gwent is exemplary. There’s no doubt that the college wishes the best for their students and is willing to go the extra mile to help their learners reach their highest goals!” 

Winner of ‘Best Spanish Student in the UK 2022’, THOMAS FRENCH, 19, from Newport, has earned a place at Cambridge University to study Modern and Medieval Languages, achieving A*A*A*in his A Levels.

“Coleg Gwent was fantastic in helping me prepare my application for Cambridge, from my tutor who worked hard to make sure everything was completed on time for early application, to certain teachers who took a real personal interest in supporting me and encouraging me through nerves, interviews and admissions tests!” 

A Level learner Rae-Marie, aged 19 from Blaenau Gwent, is thrilled with her results today – A*A*A – opening doors to a Psychology degree.

“I chose to study at Coleg Gwent due to the level of independence you have in comparison to secondary school. I feel it is an effective bridge between school and university or life outside of school, where you take greater responsibility for your own learning and independent study, while still having support from tutors and access to facilities at the college.” 

With a passion for science, 18-year-old CAMERON PRICE, from Blackwood, is thrilled to receive A*AA today in his Biology, Chemistry and Maths A Levels. He’s now going to study Biomedical Science at Cardiff University, aiming to become a doctor in the future. 

“One of my proudest moments at Coleg Gwent was making it onto the Seren programme. This gave me opportunities to go to special events set up by universities and useful tips on how to reach top grades in my A Levels.” 

Freya Durban, 19, from Nantyglo, scored A*A* in her Psychology and Photography A Levels today. Previously from Brynmawr High School, Freya has achieved her goals and is going to the University of South Wales to study for a Chiropractic degree. 

“Studying A levels at Coleg Gwent will allow me to progress to university to pursue the career that I want.”  

Following her success in coming second in the Welsh Enterprise Skills Challenge this year, Amelia Skyrme, 17, from Cwmbran, got into the University of Liverpool to study Business Management, achieving distinctions in BTEC Business. 

“It was our first proper year in the classroom since the pandemic, so I was a bit nervous actually going back into the classroom. However, everyone else was in the same boat so that made me feel a lot better!” 

18-year-old Bethanie Philpott, from Pontypool, achieved A Levels ABB, opening the doors for an exciting career in Business and a Project Management apprenticeship with BT. 

“A Level Business has definitely prepared me, as I have worked with my lecturer to help me to learn about professionalism in the workplace as well as the general running of large businesses such as the one I’ll be working for.” 

A career in F1 awaits Level 3 Motorsport Engineering learner Tyler Davies18, from Rogerstone, who achieved distinctions and is getting ready to progress to the level 4 course at Coleg Gwent this September. 

“The course is more focused on industries that you can progress to, and much more focused on what I wanted to do in the future than any sixth form course. My lecturers were all passionate, friendly and supportive; I built friendships with new people; and the facilities at Coleg Gwent were of a high standard with access to things such as motorsports vehicles and 3D printers!” 

BTEC Applied Science learner Ann Matti, 22, from Newport, is going to study Pharmacy at Swansea University after excelling with distinctions (D*D*D*), despite English not being her first language. 

“As English is not my first language, I faced difficulties understanding all the materials in the course, but the teachers’ support at Coleg Gwent helped me overcome this.” 

Coleg Gwent is a Further Education college with five campuses, Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone, City of Newport, Crosskeys, Torfaen Learning Zone and Usk. They have 18,734 full and part time students. For more information on learning opportunities at Coleg Gwent, please telephone 01495 333777, email hello@coleggwent.ac.uk, or visit their website HERE.   

You can contact the student recruitment and admissions teams to discuss your next steps. The Customer Services team will be at the Results and Advice Days at all of the campuses on:

  • Friday 19th August – 8:30am-4:00pm
  • Thursday 25th August – 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Friday 26th August – 8:30am-4:00pm

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