Dozens of learners at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor's campuses in Dolgellau and Pwllheli have again received outstanding A-level and AS-level results this year, despite the additional challenges they faced.

Due to the exceptional circumstances brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, students were unable to sit their exams this summer. Instead, they received their results based upon their predicted grades and combined assessment information.

Amongst those celebrating was 18-year old Lleucu Lane from Garndolbenmaen, who will now be going to Cardiff University to study Medicine. She achieved an A* in Maths, an A in Biology and an A in Chemistry.

Lleucu said:

I am thrilled with my grades which means that I have achieved my goal of going to study Medicine at Cardiff University! I have really enjoyed my time at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor. The last 2 years have been very challenging academically, and I have had to work hard, but I have also made lifelong friends, for which I am very grateful. It was disappointing not to be able to finish our time as the class of 2020 in the usual way. The last few months have been unsettling, which is natural, but now I'm looking forward to the next exciting chapter!

Also at the Pwllheli campus, Cenin Sion Hughes, 18 from Nefyn, is over the moon after hearing that she will be going to King's College in London. She achieved straight As in Welsh, History and Law.

Cenin said:

I've had an extremely happy two years here at college, and have loved mixing with students from different areas of Wales. My tutors were so supportive, and helped me through every step of the university application stage. I feel ready to move on now, thanks to my college experience, and am really excited to be going to King's College London to study Politics, Philosophy and Law.

Also from Nefyn, Alaw Owen was delighted to secure her place at Oxford University to study French and Italian with her results in History, Sociology, French and the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Of her time at the Pwllheli campus, she said,

I have had a fantastic experience at college, during which time I've made lifelong friends and memories which will last forever. Also not forgetting my wonderful tutors and the interesting subjects I studied. Thank you so much, Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor!

Myles Jones from Dolgellau added an A in Chemistry and an A* in the Welsh Baccalaureate to the A* in Geography and A grades in History and Maths he achieved at college last year.

He said,

I thoroughly enjoyed my A Level studies at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Dolgellau. Everybody was very helpful and the teaching was excellent. I am now looking forward to studying geography at university, and would like to thank all staff members and lecturers at the college for helping me reach my goal.

Howie Trueman from Blaenau Ffestiniog has won a scholarship to study Mathematics with an international year abroad at the University of Birmingham, achieving an astounding A* in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics, along with an A in the Welsh Baccalaureate and a B in Chemistry. 

He said,

College has enabled me to develop, to learn and to discover who I am. With the advice I received and the skills I learned, I honestly believe that the sky's the limit for me!

Emily Keating from Mynytho also gained an excellent set of results, with an A* in Business, Law and Psychology, and an A in the Welsh Baccalaureate, and is off to study Psychology at King's College London.

She said,

When I first began college, I had very little self-confidence and was constantly worried about doing well. Thanks to the support I gained from the college, I was able to build up my confidence and have more belief in myself. Thanks to them, I was able to flourish.

Reflecting on this year's results, the Grŵp's Chief Executive, Dafydd Evans, said:

Congratulations to all of our learners receiving their results today.  Many have achieved excellent results and I would like to wish all of our learners continued success in their chosen career.  The Grŵp's priority now is to support all A Level learners to understand their results, and what their options are for the future. 

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