Dozens of learners at Coleg Menai, Bangor again received outstanding A-level and AS-level results this year, despite the additional challenges they encountered.
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 20-year old Isobel Marshall-Andrews from Llangaffo, Anglesey who will now be going to Sheffield University to study Plant Science. She achieved an A* in the Welsh Baccalaureate, Chemistry and Biology, and an A in Physics.
My time at Coleg Menai has been awesome and I really cannot thank my tutors enough for supporting me and giving me the tools I needed to achieve my goals and challenge myself - I could not have done any of this without them patiently answering every one of my questions in class and helping me refine my skills. I've learnt so much and I'm excited to put it all to use! It's a strange time to be starting university with the pandemic but I am excited anyway and I can't wait to begin!
Also at the Bangor campus, Shahd Daher, 19 from Bangor achieved straight As in Maths, Biology and Chemistry.
I already have an offer from the University of Lincoln to study Pharmacy, but COVID-19 has made me think more about how important it is for me to be closer to my family, so I will be contacting the University of Manchester with the hope of gaining a place there. As for my experience at Coleg Menai, it was all new to me but everyone I met were both kind and helpful, and our tutors guided us through every step, which is something you don't get everywhere.
Sophia Wallo from Conwy was thrilled to achieve an A in both English Language and Literature and Psychology, and a Distinction* in Applied Law, whilst Charlotte Willacy from Llangefni also gained an A in Psychology and a Distinction* in Applied Law.
I found studying at college extremely enjoyable, as I could focus on the subjects that really interested me, and the tutors were helpful and always happy to make time for me. I found the work challenging at times, but always interesting, and I feel that the whole experience has prepared me well for university, especially with working independently. I'm thrilled to have been accepted to study Psychology at a university in London, which will allow me to do my Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and become a qualified psychologist.
Shoiab Ahmed from Bangor added to the A* in Biology he achieved with the college last year by gaining As in Chemistry and Mathematics this year, and is now going on to study medicine at Edge Hill University.
I've had a fantastic experience at Coleg Menai. Throughout my time there, I always felt really well supported, but also felt that my tutors helped me develop the independence to carry out my studies on my own. I'm thrilled to be going to university in September to study medicine, which would not have been possible without the grace of God and my parents' constant support and belief in me.
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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