Hundreds of students from USP College are celebrating passing their A-Levels today, with almost 400 high grades achieved this year.
English and Further Maths were among the 18 A-Level courses that achieved a 100% pass rate at the college, which has campuses in Chadwell Road, Grays, and Runnymede Chase, Benfleet.
Principal Dan Pearson said: “I’m thrilled to see so many students getting the grades for their next steps and have really enjoyed hearing about their future plans.”
“These results come on the back of a very positive monitoring visit from Ofsted, who reported on the “significant progress” we have made in ensuring our curriculum meets the needs of employers and learners following the merger of Seevic and Palmer’s Colleges in 2017.”
USP College, which stands for Unified Seevic Palmer’s, launched its Career-Focused Learning Strategy earlier this year 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.
Applications are still open for courses starting in September 2019, and will open in October for courses starting in September 2020. To find out more, or to apply, visit www.uspcollege.ac.uk, call 01268 756 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A-Level Case studies
Daniel Ashenden, USP College - Seevic Campus
Brothers top the rankings two years in a row. In 2017/18 student James Ashenden was the Seevic Campus top scoring A-Level student and in 2018/19 brother Daniel Ashenden has just taken his place as top scoring A-Level student.
Daniel has walked away with an A* in Maths, an A in Sociology, an A in Further Maths and an A in English Combined.
The top performing student has now secured a place at the University of Birmingham to study Mathematics.
Daniel, 17 from Benfleet said: “All my teachers have been constantly reassuring me despite my negativity.
“I want to be a teacher so the teachers at the college have prepared me to study Maths and secure a good career.”
Sam Wildish, USP College – Palmer’s Campus
Sam Wildish, 19 from Stanford-Le-Hope, got a B in Business, B in Media, B in Film and a Distinction in Law.
He is going to Durham University to study BA Marketing with a year studying abroad.
Sam said: “My favourite memory from College is probably going to be this day! I’m over the moon and so excited to start the next step in my life.
“My teachers have been so supportive, putting in extra time and effort to help me achieve success.
I’ve really enjoyed the new experiences and opportunities at College, and have gained real life skills here.”
Abudu Adeyeye, USP College – Palmer’s Campus
Abudu Adeyeye, 18 from Grays, got an A in Sociology, B in Business, and C in Accounting.
He is going to the University of East London to study for a degree in Marketing and Sport.
Abudu said: “I’m so relieved that my hard work paid off.”
“I’ve had amazing support from my teachers; they’ve been backing me all the way through and offering extra help and resources.
“I’ve also enjoyed meeting new people making new friends; College has really allowed me to be more confident and sociable.”
Emily Lavery, USP College - Seevic Campus.
Emily Lavery, 18 from Benfleet, gained an A* in Sociology, B in Psychology and C in Biology in her A-Levels.
The previously home schooled student is heading to University of Nottingham to study Philosophy.
She said: “My teachers have supported me throughout college and helped with my essay writing skills.
“I enjoyed meeting new people and after receiving my results I am excited to go to university.”
Sam McPherson, USP College – Palmer’s Campus
Sam McPherson, 18 from Rainham, got a B in Photography, B in History, and B in Drama.
He is going to the University of Exeter to study BSc Business.
Sam said: “I’m filled with relief and pride to have a place at my first choice of university and I’m excited to see where it takes me.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at College, meeting new people and learning new things, and my teachers have been amazing with their constant support and care.”
Charlotte Hartman, USP College - Seevic Campus
Charlotte Hartman, 18, from Thundersley got an A* in Sociology, B in Media Studies, C in Geography and an A* in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
She is going to the University of Bath to study Sociology.
The A-Level student said: “I am extremely pleased, happy and proud.
“I could not have done it without the support of my teachers and they have taught me how to be persistent and to self-motivate myself.”
Nathan Abbey, USP College – Palmer’s Campus
Nathan Abbey, 19 from Aveley, got an A in Biology, A in Psychology and B in Chemistry.
He is going to Anglia Ruskin University to study Medicine.
Nathan said: “I’m so happy to have the grades to pursue my dream career in medicine.
“I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends at College, and my teachers have been great. They worked really closely with me during the exam season and have helped me develop so many transferrable skills.”