Hundreds of students from USP College are celebrating passing their A-Levels today, with 99.5% of A-Level students passing.
English, Further Maths and STEM & Computing were among the 37 A-Level courses that achieved a 100% pass rate across the USP College campuses, based in Chadwell Road, Grays, and Runnymede Chase, Benfleet.
“I’m delighted to see such high percentages of successes across our career paths, with many students getting the grades they need for their exciting next steps and future plans.”
“These results come on the back of the significant progress we’ve made over the past couple of years in ensuring our curriculum meets the needs of employers and learners following the merger of Seevic and Palmer’s Colleges in 2017. The high rates demonstrate how well our students perform without the pressures of exams, which can result in an inaccurate reflection of a student’s abilities. The 2021 results and assessment methods represent a move towards a true measure of student performance.”
361 students successfully completed their A-Levels at USP College, with the majority achieving the required grade to move on to their intended next steps. One particular student, Andrea Neville, has been offered a place at the University of Oxford to study Ancient and Modern History in October 2021.
“I really liked the community feel. Teachers are so dedicated and during online learning all my teachers stayed in regular contact, making sure we were okay. All our online lessons were engaging and interesting. The College helped me learn how to work independently which has been great preparation for university, but equally I always knew my teachers were there to support me if I needed it.”
USP College, which stands for Unified Seevic Palmer’s, launched its Career-Focused Learning Strategy in 2020 to ensure students leave College with the knowledge and skills they need to stand out for high-end careers such as accountancy, software engineering, investment banking, medical science and law among others.
While studying at USP College, students have the opportunity to participate in professional development days, where sessions are led by industry experts in their chosen career sector. They can also learn career-specific skills that aren’t covered in the course curriculum, and gain broader employability and study skills to help them become a more attractive university or job applicant. Students also visit local employers to gain real work experience as part of these professional development days.
They are also able to join career-sector specific College Companies, which simulate day-to-day life in the work environment and allow students to work on live briefs for local and national businesses.
Jamie is the top student at USP College’s Seevic Campus for 2021, and achieved a grade of A* for Biology, English Literature, Chemistry and EPQ.
She is going to attend her first choice, the University of Nottingham to study an Integrated Masters in Biology, having always wanted to go into science. She enjoyed her time at USP College, and said:
All teachers have been good. I had everything I needed from the teachers.
Madison has walked away with A* grades in English Literature, Law and Sociology from USP College’s Seevic Campus.
She is delighted to have made it into Durham University, and is still in a bit of shock at the positive results. She will be studying Law, and intends to follow her journey to become a Barrister.
“The teachers were amazing throughout Covid-19 and really supportive. They were always there to email if you needed them.”
Madison was particularly pleased with how USP College prepared her for her career ahead: “I was worried but our Law teacher recommended work experience, which I have done through the summer. They also sent us lots of information about different opportunities”
Sam Forward has achieved grades of A* in Biology and Psychology while achieving A’s in Maths and the Extended Project Qualification.
Sam is going to be attending his first choice, the University of Sheffield, to study Biology, and is keeping options open at this stage in terms of career.
“The thing I enjoyed the most about College was meeting loads of different new people.
“My teachers have been really supportive, helping with things such as my personal statement and exam techniques.
“On one of our CPD days for Maths, there was an online session with Bletchley Park on how they applied maths to breaking code.”
Severus has attained A* grades in History, Sociology and English Literature from USP College’s Seevic Campus.
Severus is going to be attending Cardiff University to study Sociology and is likely to do a Masters after that. Due to lockdowns Severus hasn’t been able to visit Cardiff University yet, but is excited to be starting in September.
“I’m really happy with my results. It was above what I was expecting but towards the end of the year I was like, I can do this!
“I really enjoyed my time at the Seevic Campus. It felt more grown up than school and sixth form. It’s a more mature environment.
“The English Literature lessons were my favourite memory. It was a lovely environment with a lovely teacher.
“My teachers supported me really well, and the College provided lots of opportunities to prepare me for a future career.”
Brooke achieved grades of A* in Maths, Further Maths and Biology while attaining an A in Chemistry.
She is over the moon to be attending King’s College London to study Maths.
Brooke enjoyed a great experience at USP College, particularly with regards to the teachers.
“The teachers were always willing to spend time to help you.
“During lockdown they always made sure we had work online and were always making sure we were okay.
“They were always willing to do one-to-ones in their free time and would always respond to emails which was essential when working from home.”
Aimee is happy and relieved to be walking away with an A* in English Literature and History and an A in Psychology. She is looking forward to studying English at King’s College London.
“There was a lot of support and the teachers were very approachable and easy to talk to. There was always an open door policy.”
Chloe is walking away with A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, and is really happy with her results.
She is looking forward to studying Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Nottingham. The career path looks interesting to her, and she wants to become a psychologist.
The courses were really interesting and teachers were really supportive. CPD Days were good for finding out different paths to go down. The teachers made sure to tell us about different options and different routes into careers. In tutor sessions we learnt about mortgages etc to give us life skills for after university – that was really helpful.
Ethan is leaving USP College having achieved an A* for Maths and Maths Further, as well as an A in Physics.
He enjoyed a great deal about his time at USP College, and felt that staff and students were all really nice. He is looking forward to studying Astrophysics at King’s College.
The College has prepared me for the future in many ways, and the Careers team really helped me when applying to university
Charlotte attained an A* for Maths and Maths Further, and a B for Psychology, and is very happy with the results.
She will be attending the University of Bath to study Maths.
Looking back, Charlotte really enjoyed the college atmosphere at USP College’s Palmer’s Campus.
I learnt to study independently but still had support if I needed it. I’m glad I chose USP College as I appreciated being treated like an adult and enjoyed the environment.
Teacher support has been really good. I had the same teachers for two years so the consistency and continuity definitely helped.