Today the wait was finally over for students at Sunderland College’s Sixth Form. They discovered their hard work was worth it after receiving an excellent set of A-Level results.

The College celebrated 100% pass rate in 18 A-Level subjects including Biology, Mathematics, Geography, Law and Computing Science.

The College’s overall pass rate is 98.2%, which is an increase from last year. In addition, an impressive 72% of students achieved grades A*-C.

The results have enabled A-Level students to accept offers from universities including Cambridge and Durham, and progress to higher level apprenticeships or employment.

Individual successes include Kieron Spoors, 18, who lives in Sunderland. He gained four A* grades in Law, English Literature, Psychology and Extended Project. He has secured a place at the University of Cambridge to study Law.

He said: “I am speechless, happy is an understatement! I have exceeded the entry requirements I needed for Cambridge. My time at Sunderland College has been challenging and exciting. There’s a good community spirit with staff and students and I have a supportive group of friends.”

Eighteen-year-old Alisha Gibbs from Seaham celebrated three A’s in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology A-Levels. She is heading to Newcastle University to study Biomedical Science and hopes to work in medical research in the future.

She said: “I am happy with my results. The last two years have been challenging but worth it. I’m so glad I came to Sunderland College. Some colleges put too much pressure on A-Level students but there was the right amount of pressure and support here.”

Nathan Beckett, also 18-years-old, from Redhouse did better than he expected. He secured a place at Newcastle University to study medicine and is hoping to become a doctor.

He said: “I’m absolutely buzzing! After being so nervous I am really happy to know that I have got the results I need for university. I’ve really enjoyed studying at Sunderland College as I have gained more independence and freedom and have been able to study subjects in more depth.”

It was a double celebration for birthday girl Lucy Talbot from Peterlee who turned 18 today. She gained a Distinction* in Music BTEC, which she studied alongside her A-Levels, and gained B in Drama A-Level and C in Mathematics A-Level. She had an unconditional offer from the University of Salford to study Drama.

She said: “I am relieved and really happy with my results. Even though I had an unconditional offer I still wanted to do well.”

To reward their hard work and to encourage students to celebrate together, the College hosted a breakfast celebration event with pastries and light refreshments at 7.00am. Staff were there to congratulate the students when they received their results. Family and friends who had supported students through their last two years of study were also invited.

Jackie Moreland, Director of Sunderland Sixth Form, said: “We are proud of the fantastic achievements of our A-Level students this year. They are testament to the hard work and dedication of both staff and students.

“We are delighted that they have achieved the results they need to progress to their chosen destinations including prestigious universities, higher level apprenticeships and the start of an exciting new career.

“We have inspired our students to achieve their best and aim high and wish them every success in the next stage of their journey.”

Students who weren’t able to come into college results were emailed their results and college staff were available for any students who required advice and guidance in deciding their next step.

The College offers one of the largest range of A-Level subjects in the region. In addition to A-Levels, the College also offers full-time technical and professional courses, apprenticeships, university level qualifications and part-time courses for adults.

If you are a school leaver and would like to know more about studying A-Levels at Sunderland College, or if you have received your A-Level results and are interested in university level study, contact the College on 0191 511 6000 or visit

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