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Coleg Gwent Learners Highest Ever A* – C Pass Rate

August 11th, 2021

Once again, Coleg Gwent learners have come out on top with another year of outstanding A Level and BTEC grades on results day.  Learners also achieved the best A* – C grades ever, with a 4.6% increase with several learners successfully securing places at Cambridge University in September!

The first cohort of AS Learners at Torfaen Learning Zone included Ella Grundy, (pictured here) who have all achieved outstanding results despite studying the first year of their A Levels during the pandemic.

1,329 A Level results were received electronically today, with over 80% of these achieving A*- C grades. The college is also celebrating a 100% pass rate in 57 A level subjects – an impressive increase from 46 subjects last year.

Across Coleg Gwent, Level 3 vocational and BTEC learners also received their grades with exceptional outcomes. Coleg Gwent is very proud of the hard work, resilience and dedication their learners have shown, despite the challenges they’ve faced since the pandemic hit.

This is the first academic year that the state-of-the-art Torfaen Learning Zone has been open to learners and impressive A and AS Level results have been attained already, with over 84.6% of A Level learners achieving A*- C grades. Meanwhile, students at Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone benefitted from the teaching expertise of their A Level team who recently won the Bronze accolade as Pearson Team of the Year in 2021, enjoying an exceptional 99.1% overall pass rate in grades A*- E. While learners and staff at Crosskeys campus also celebrated with a fantastic 97.2% overall pass rate.

Principal Guy Lacey, commented; “Congratulations to all our learners on another set of outstanding results this year – we’re very proud of your hard work and achievements! This year we’re proud to be issuing results to our newest group of A Level learners at the newly opened Torfaen Learning Zone, as well as our learners from Crosskeys Campus and Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone. The hard work and dedication of the class of 2021 will set them in good stead for their next steps after college. We wish them the very best of luck for the future.”

Discover some of the inspirational Coleg Gwent success stories of 2021: 


Crosskeys Campus 

After working extremely hard, A Level student Lyra Jannetta from Oakdale, achieved incredible results with five A* grades in Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and the Welsh Baccalaureate, cementing her place to study Natural Sciences at the prestigious Cambridge University. With a passion for STEM subjects, Lyra hopes to discover her scientific niche and pursue a PhD. She’s been both excited and apprehensive for her results, as she’s been waiting to find out if she met the conditions of her offer to study at Cambridge. Results day has been a huge success for Lyra!

BTEC Applied Science learners, Abigail George, Hollie Williams, Joel Chick, Tristan Lee, and Shalini Suansing achieved top grades – Distinctions and Merits – in their vocational studies. Abigail found that the BTEC course was “a great alternative to A Levels. It was heavily coursework based and allowed me to still get good grades to get into a great university without having as much pressure and stress of exams.” She’s now excited to study Biomedical Science at Cardiff University in September. Meanwhile, Joel, who aspires to become a Physiotherapist, thought the BTEC was “a great choice if you’re looking for a job involving science, as it gives you so many options and there’s lots of support from tutors.” Joel is looking forward to studying Physiotherapy at Cardiff University.

Adult learner, Kristian Day, completed his IMI Motorcycle Repair diploma despite numerous set-backs during his studies. He said: “My results are important to me as it demonstrates my determination to succeed and how much I’ve enjoyed my time at college. I’m disabled, as I have arthritis in my legs… so, I was only able to come back to college and complete my qualification as a direct result of the help and support I got from tutors!”

Blaenau Gwent Campus 

After studying the same A levels at Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone, identical twins Sujana and Sujina Balendra from Beaufort have achieved double success and two well-deserved places at Cardiff University studying Biomedical Science. Sujana commented; “My career aspiration is to become a doctor. I know that I’ve done my best in each subject thanks to the help and support that I’ve received from my teachers and I’m going to study biomedical science which will help me progress to study medicine at graduate level!” Meanwhile, Sujina found that “Coleg Gwent has provided me with confidence that I will be able to achieve my goals and by studying biology and chemistry, this has provided me with important lab skills which I will use in the future in my university course.”

Gareth Burchell from Ebbw Vale achieved 3A* and an A and secured a place to study Psychology at Cardiff University. He explained; “Coleg Gwent provided me with an extensive foundation of skills that I can further build upon, and I’d now like to pursue a career in psychology!” The future is also looking bright for SEREN learner Hannah Davies from Tredegar, who scored three A* grades in PE, Biology and Psychology and is going on to study Psychology at Bath University!

With a wide choice of courses at Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone, successful learners are going on to study a diverse range of degrees at top universities across the UK. Liam Williams from Tredegar, is preparing to go to Liverpool University to study Architecture with outstanding A*AC grades. BTEC Sports learner, Hywel Evans from Blaina, hopes to work in the sports industry one day. He achieved a Distinction and will be studying Sports Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University. While Joe Nash from Ebbw Vale, worked hard to achieve AAB in Welsh, Spanish and Biology and is now looking forward to a degree in Modern Languages at Swansea University.

Torfaen Learning Zone 

The first cohort of AS Learners at Torfaen Learning Zone included Ella Grundy, Emily Vale, Jessica Davies and Tegan Davies, who have all achieved outstanding results despite studying the first year of their A Levels during the pandemic.

Ella is making strides towards applying for Oxbridge next year with four A grades in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Geography, and Emily also aspires to study at Cambridge with straight As in Maths, Chemistry and Biology. Working towards becoming a writer, Tegan has scored AAAA in her AS Levels, putting her in a great position to apply for Oxford University to study English Literature and Language, and Jessica, who gained ABB in Biology, Psychology and Drama, explained; “my first year has been the best and this has been helped by teachers who are respectful and helpful, and other students who are friendly and passionate about learning!”

Congratulations to the class of 2021 who have excelled despite the challenges of a global pandemic, and good luck for the next step, whatever that may be. To read more Coleg Gwent learners’ success stories visit their website –

Coleg Gwent also offer a range of Higher Education courses on your doorstep.  It’s not too late to apply now for September to join one of Wales’ top performing colleges.

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