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As GCSE results are announced today, Sunderland College is encouraging students to think carefully about where they go on to study.

John Rushworth, director of sixth form centres at Sunderland College, said: “Getting your GCSE results is a time of celebration. But for those students carrying on in education, it’s also a time to really consider your options. You need to think about what courses you want to study, and where to go to get the best possible results.

“This is especially important at a time when competition for jobs and university places is so fierce.”

Sunderland College has achieved a 99% pass rate for four years in a row, in both A level and vocational courses, making it the top performing college in the region for pass rates. This year, more than 850 of the college’s A level students secured places at top universities.

Sunderland College has a well-deserved reputation for its commitment to student success. It has achieved the top spot in the National Student Survey in the North East for student satisfaction, for three years running, and it has also successfully achieved the National Award for the quality of its student advice, support and guidance.

Now the college is encouraging those who have just received their GCSE results to think about their futures, attend open evenings, speak to its guidance officers and find out more about the A levels and vocational courses available.

John said: “We offer over 20 vocational and 36 A level courses.  Enrolment for the new term has now started and with a programme of investment expected at the college within the next 12 months, students who choose to study here have an exciting future ahead of them.”

One A level student who secured a place at university was James Ibinson. James, 18, from Sunderland was a student ambassador at Sunderland College and while studying for his A levels also completed a Community Sports Leadership Award and a Level 1 FA Coaching Award in football.

James achieved A grades in law, English language, extended project qualification and physical education and will be studying law at Durham University.

He said: “I am thrilled to have achieved the grades I needed. I am really excited about starting at Durham University in September.

“Law and football are big passions of mine that I have been able to excel in at Sunderland College. I am now hoping to do the same at Durham.”

John Rushworth said: “We are here to assist students in fulfilling their ambitions. Our aim is to help all our students to achieve the best that they can through providing outstanding support and quality teaching.”

To enrol visit www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/enrol/ or call 0191 511 6000.

Date: August 23, 2012

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