Well done to our hard working GCSE students!

Well done to our hard working GCSE students!


More than 1500 Nottingham College GCSE students collected their results today (24th August) from the College’s City Adams Building in the Lace Market. Among the successful students were a number of adult learners who have returned to education for a change of career or to improve their prospects.

Among those celebrating is Nick Barratt, 24, from Long Eaton, who after working at Asda for the past seven years took the brave decision to go back to education to pursue his dream of becoming an author/illustrator. His A, A, B, B and C grades in Psychology, History, English Language, Maths and Sociology have secured his place at the College’s High Pavement Sixth Form Academy to study A Levels in English Literature, History and Art.

He explains: “I think when I was studying my GCSEs the first time round I was too young to fully appreciate the importance of how they could influence my future. It wasn’t until I left school and entered the real world that I realised what I really wanted from a career. I’ve always been interested in stories, comic books and illustration, and one day I had a wake-up call. I didn’t want to look back and regret not trying to reach my full potential. 

“I’m over the moon with my results and now I’m keen to get stuck into the next step of my journey.”

18-year-old Horem moved to Nottingham with her mum and sister from Pakistan just a year ago to join her father who has been living and working in the UK for the past 10 years. She achieved two As and three Bs in: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Language and Maths and is progressing to High Pavement to study A Level Chemistry, Biology and Psychology. Horem hopes to become a Psychologist one day. She said: "I'm really interested in the reasons behind why people do what they do, and I'm particularly interested in Dementia. My parents are both carers so I hear about the condition a lot through their experiences and I'd like to help people with the condition in the future."

Phil Brewster from ITV Central News speaks to Horem about her future plans.

Others celebrating their success are Access to Nursing classmates: Emma Vernon, Telmore Dauti, Rebecca Barnett, Lucy Aldridge, Emma Marshall, and Emma Wood, who all achieved the grade C in Maths they need to progress to university.

“Rebecca who is progressing to the University of Nottingham to study Adult Nursing said: “It’s such a great feeling knowing I’m one step closer to starting my career in nursing, and to be able to celebrate alongside my friends who have all been through the same challenges as me, is such a good feeling.”

Nottingham College Vice Principal Curriculum, Yultan Mellor, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many of our students getting the results they need to progress, many of whom are continuing their studies at the College, either through vocational options such as Diplomas and Apprenticeships, or A Levels and Access to HE courses.
"It's also been very inspiring to see so many mature learners celebrating here today. They have proven that it’s never too late to reach your full potential and that you should never give up on education.
“I’m extremely proud of all our students and I wish them every success for the future.”

The College has expert advice and guidance staff available for anyone who has questions following their GCSE results, and would like to discuss their options for further study. Simply call 0115 9 100 100 or click here to speak to one of our friendly Advisors via our online live chat facility.

Farhad Amin, 17, achieved A, A, B, B, B, C and hopes to study medicine in the future.

Single mum Ebony Benjamin collected her results with son Isaac. She's now studying the Access to Nursing course at the College.

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