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A-level results 2018: City and Islington College students bag places at some of ‘world’s best universities’

PUBLISHED: 08:50 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:50 17 August 2018

City and Islington College students celebrating receiving their A-level results. Photo by Alex Merz

City and Islington College students celebrating receiving their A-level results. Photo by Alex Merz

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City and Islington College (CANDI) students are “over the moon” after bagging places at some of the “world’s best universities” on an emotional A-level results day.

City and Islington College students celebrating receiving their A-level results. Photo by Alex MerzCity and Islington College students celebrating receiving their A-level results. Photo by Alex Merz

Students at the A-level centre achieved 2,083 passes this year across more than 30 subjects, up on last year’s figure of 1,826, with many getting the grades that they need to go to some of the world’s best universities.

The pass rate was a brilliant 94per cent with 100pc pass rates in 11 subjects. Languages were particularly strong, with 100pc in Spanish, Italian and Turkish.

Among this year’s top performers was Megan Hack, 18, who achieved three A* grades in fine art, graphic communication and English literature.

She is now off to the University of the Arts London (UAL) to study fine art.

City and Islington College students celebrating receiving their A-level results. Photo by Alex MerzCity and Islington College students celebrating receiving their A-level results. Photo by Alex Merz

“I’m a little bit shocked but very happy,” she said. “I worked really hard and thought I’d done well, but never expected to do that well.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at CANDI. It’s a great place where you can really be yourself. The teaching is really good and everyone has been really supportive.”

Lati Gutta, 18, is heading to Cambridge University to study human, social and political sciences after gaining A* grades in sociology and politics and an A in philosophy.

She said: “I feel over the moon. I can hardly describe how I’m feeling right now, it’s not really sunk in yet. Some of my friends were there when I opened the envelope and I just burst into tears.

“There was a lot of added pressure to get the grades to get into Cambridge, but I’m really excited that I am now going to university.

“I almost didn’t apply but I kept surprising myself along the way. I got an interview and then offer. I’ve proved to myself I can do things well.”

Ronaldo Kalaveri, 20, is set to study dentistry at King’s College London after attaining an A in chemistry and Bs in maths and biology.

“When I looked at the UCAS website this morning and saw that I had got into King’s I was very happy,” he said.

“I am originally from Albania and had done exams in my own country but they were not relevant here, so I had to do five iGCSEs first and then go on to A-levels.

“I heard very good things about CANDI from students that were already here, and the experience I have had has been excellent. I have had support from teachers and advisers from my first day at the college to the last.”

David Kennedy, 18, is swapping the city for the country as he heads to Exeter University to study politics and economics after getting an A in economics, B in English literature and creative writing.

“I’m really pleased with my results and I’ve got into my first choice university. I can relax and celebrate.” he said.

“I opened the envelope with some of my friends and we’d all done well which is good.

“I’m excited about going to university. I wanted to move out of London and see some of the country, and looking forward to having that freedom away from home.”

Peter Murray, director of the sixth form college, added: “It’s been another great year for the college with more students than ever taking their A-levels here.

“As in previous years, hundreds of our students will be progressing to some of the world’s finest universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, King’s and Imperial. Well done to them and to all our A-level students.

“We offer a huge number and variety of A-level subjects here – one of the widest ranges in London – and students, as well as the traditional A-level subjects such as English, maths and physics, students can study subjects that they would never be able to at their school’s sixth form, including photography, politics and dance.

“We are proud of the range of courses we offer and of the diversity of experiences that our students can enjoy when they choose to study with us.”

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