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Despite the challenges of Covid-19 this year, students from Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) have done better than ever before. GCSE students were celebrating a successful end to the academic year, as they received their long-awaited GCSE English and maths results on Thursday 20 August.
The College achieved a 36.5% pass rate for GCSE English, up by 10.4% on the previous year, as well as a 38.2% pass rate for GCSE maths, which has increased by 6.2%.
Among those students who passed the course was James O’Neil, aged 81, who achieved an impressive grade 8 in his GCSE English. Growing up, James was educated in the Republic of Ireland where lessons were conducted in Gaelic, and so, he explained his education suffered as a result.
James said: “The more I got into the subject at BCoT, the more I became mesmerised by it and I would like to develop as much as I can. I think I could even go on to write a story!”
Fellow student, Eve Messenger, has also successfully passed her GCSE English, after a few previous attempts, alongside studying her BTEC course at the College. Having secured an unconditional place to study Post Production in Film & TV at Solent University, Eve said: “I’m really excited to be going to university after achieving the grades I needed. I’ve loved my time at BCoT and will miss all my friends and amazing lecturers who taught me so much.”
Anthony Bravo, Principal of BCoT, said: “I would like to congratulate all of our students who have achieved the grade they desired in what has been an incredibly challenging year for them, given the difficult circumstances. I would also like to acknowledge our dedicated English and maths lecturers, who have adopted the latest digital and educational technology to ensure all of our students receive a personalised learning experience, that equips our students with the skills and confidence they need to succeed.”
As well as offering a wide range of hands-on vocational courses, BCoT gives students the opportunity to re-sit GCSE English and maths if they have not achieved a minimum of a grade 4 previously at school.In recent years, the college has implemented the use of an artificial intelligence-powered tool, CENTURY Tech, which identifies patterns and gaps in each individual student’s knowledge to give them a unique, personalised learning experience, focused on their strengths and weaknesses.
The College also offers the two courses on a part-time basis, with daytime and evening courses available to any mature students who require a GCSE in either English or maths.The academic year is due to begin next month and it is not too late to apply to study at BCoT this September.