Five students off to Oxbridge

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Luton Sixth Form College has recorded another impressive year of exam results.

The pass rate for A Level courses was 96.9%, identical to the 2014 mark, with 35.2% of all grades awarded at A*-B.

The BTEC Level 3 diploma pass rate was 97.7%, a slight fall from last year’s record-breaking figure.

All five students who applied to get into Oxbridge secured their places. Sophy Lelliott, Maryam Manzoor Mushtaq and Ryan Riordan will be moving on to the University of Cambridge, with Affan Saibudeen and Daniel Woods going to Oxford.

Principal Chris Nicholls said: “We are delighted with our very high pass rates at A Level and BTEC. It has been wonderful to be able to celebrate all of the hard work that our students and their teachers have put in to enable them to achieve these excellent results.

“Approximately 1,300 young people from Luton have received their A Level and BTEC results at this college today and so are now able to progress to the next stage in their lives, which for around 1,000 of them will be a place at university.”

All five Luton Sixth Form College students who applied for Oxbridge this year have secured their places.

Sophy Lelliott will be heading to the University of Cambridge to read law, having gained four A* grades in history, geography, English literature and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), and an A in government and politics.

“I needed just one A* and two As, and I was so scared this morning about what I’d have done if I missed out,” Sophy said.

“I had also said to my parents how much I wanted to go to Cambridge so that added a bit of pressure.

“But now I’m really excited about going there and starting uni. I’ve got that as my future now and so much to look forward to!”

Also Cambridge-bound is Ryan Riordan. He also notched four A* grades, in chemistry, biology, maths and the EPQ, and an A in Spanish.

Ryan, who will be reading medicine, said: “I’m really happy, I’ve worked very hard for this.”

Asked what advice he’d give to younger students wanting to achieve the top grades, he added: “Definitely revise as you go along and don’t leave it until the last minute. And hope you get the right questions in the exams, too!”

The third student off to Cambridge is Maryam Manzoor Mushtaq, who achieved four A* grades and two As. She will be reading medicine – and is actually following in the footsteps of her brother Yusuf, who left Luton Sixth Form College for Cambridge two years ago.

Two students heading to Oxford are Affan Saibudeen, who will be reading medicine after gaining one A* and five As, and Daniel Wood, who got four A*s and will be studying economics and management.