Left to Right: Eloise Haines, Hannah Mackeith & Anna Collier
Students at Central Sussex College’s Sixth Form Haywards Heath campus celebrated fantastic A Level results last week, with many of them now heading off to take up places at universities across the country, and a number of others deciding to join the workforce and benefit from on-the-job training, to avoid accumulating a large student loan.
Star student, Hannah Bower, who is 18, and lives in Burgess Hill celebrated achieving an outstanding four A*s in English Literature, English Language, German and History. She will take up a place at Churchill College, Cambridge to read English this autumn.
David Lewis, 18, from Hassocks, was thrilled to be able to take up his place at Leeds University to study English and History. His A* in Sociology, A in English Literature, A in History, and M1 in his Pre-U course, exceeded the entry requirement grades which were three As, so he was pleasantly surprised when he opened his results. Once he graduates, David hopes to pursue a career in journalism.
18-year-old Hannah MacKeith, who is from Burgess Hill, was delighted with her A* in English Literature, and As in German and History, as well as a D2 (which is equivalent to an A*) for her Pre-U course. She is heading off to The University of Warwick to study English this September.
Student Travis Millyard was filmed for BBC Southeast on results day, as he has shunned university for a career, despite achieving good A Level results. He was awarded a B in Business Studies, a B in Sociology, and a C in PE, which were enough to get him onto his previously chosen degree course in Sports Development at Portsmouth University. However, the 18-year-old, who lives in Hassocks, decided to decline the offer of a place, after being put off by the rising cost of tuition, and gloomy graduate employment figures.
Travis has secured a job as a Customer Service Officer at a branch of NatWest in Brighton, and hopes to progress within the industry onto their management training programme. He said: “I did consider going to university, but I’ve now decided to go straight into work. I decided not to go mainly because of the costs involved – the amount students have to borrow is too high, and there is no guarantee of a job after graduation.”
BTEC students from the College also had cause for celebration when they received their results on the 18th. Lia Ferris, 18, from Haywards Heath and Henry Halsall, 18, from Horsham, were both delighted to achieve a Double Distinction for BTEC Performing Arts. Henry, who would like to become a drama teacher, is heading to The University of Kent to study for a Masters Degree in Drama and Theatre studies. Lia is going to The University of Surrey to study a Diploma in Nursing. She then plans to continue her studies in America.
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