Bradford College Celebrates High Grade and Science Success in GCSEs

    Bradford College is celebrating achieving more A*-C grades at GCSE than ever before.

    Students racked up an impressive 698 high grade passes, which marks a 4.5% increase on last year.

    Science results were especially notable with the College recording an 85.2% achievement rate for science subjects, which is 2.6% above the national rate and 0.1% up on last year.

    Achievement rates in Chemistry and Physics were particularly strong with the 92% figure in Chemistry being 4.3% above the national rate, and the 91.7% rate for Physics 3.8% over the national average.

    They marked significant improvements on the College’s results from last year too with Chemistry achievement having risen by 7.7% on the previous year and Physics 4.7% up on the 2015 figure.

    Bradford College, which has state-of-the-art science labs at its £50m David Hockney Building and boasts Nobel Prize-winning physicist Sir Edward Appleton as a former student and staff member, has also recorded an increase in achievement rates for GCSE Additional Science, which at 84.8% is up 1.2% on 2015’s figure and is 0.3% above the national rate.

    Sociology achievement is also up, rising 2.2% from last year to 84.7% which is 3.6% higher than the national rate.  

    There has also been a notable rise in the high pass rate for Biology, up 8.8% on last year.

    Away from science subjects, the College has seen improvement in high pass rates in Citizenship Studies and Media Studies, up 1% and 13.7% respectively.

    A record 3,112 GCSE exams were sat at the College in 2015/6 – a remarkable increase of 68% on the previous year. Of those, 1,066 sat Maths and 1,301 sat English.

    David Harwood, FE Principal at Bradford College, said: “These results are a great achievement for the learners and staff and a testament to their hard work."


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