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Students at The Manchester College’s Industry Excellence Academies and Centres of Excellence are celebrating this morning after securing top grades in both A Levels and A Level equivalent technical qualifications (BTEC, UAL). Ranked as the number one FE college in Greater Manchester for student achievement, 99.3% of students studying technical qualifications, including BTECs and UAL, secured a pass grade, up from 98.3% in 2020, while 54.7% of students achieved a distinction grade.

A Level students at the College also achieved excellent results, with 99.3% of students securing pass grades in this year’s examinations. 65.6% of students secured an A*-C grade, with more students than ever before securing the highest grades of A* to B. The 2021 students will be the last to take A Levels at the College as from September the College will be replacing them with T Levels, the new high-level technical qualification where students will complete a 45 day industry placement with an employer.

As thousands of young people across the West Midlands prepare to receive their A-level and GCSE results this week, Make UK has highlighted the growing demand for apprentices from the region’s engineering and manufacturing sector.

Research from Make UK shows that while fewer than half (47%) of UK manufacturers took on an apprentice in the last year, nearly six in 10 (57%) are now looking to recruit an engineering or manufacturing apprentice in the next 12 months.

After the A-Level results many will not have received the results they wanted. With this in mind, below is some advice from three psychologists on how to cope with disappointment.

Dr Frances Greenstreet, Lead Educational Psychologist at Alpine Psychology: "Exam results mark a key transition point in life. They can determine what immediate options lie ahead or which route you might take next.

Staff and students at Edgbaston College are celebrating their best A Level exam results to date, with 86 per cent of students achieving an A or A* grade. Results day saw particularly strong performance across Maths and Sciences with 95 per cent of Chemistry students, 90 per cent of Physics students, 88 per cent of Biology students and 96 per cent of Maths students achieving an A* or A grade, a number of whom have secured offers to study Medicine or Dentistry at university.

This comes as the College moves into its new premises at 37 George Road, Edgbaston, and  prepares to welcome a growing number of students. The move brings students enhanced facilities including additional teaching rooms and laboratory facilities, an expanded library and self-study areas, improved accessibility for students with physical disabilities, and new communal areas for students offering kitchen facilities as well as games.

Claire Leake, people director at National Care Group, said: “Brilliant and caring professionals can completely change lives. For those individuals that we support, our colleagues are central to their ability to lead full, rewarding and happy lives – it’s definitely a calling as much as a career. 

For this reason, academic results aren’t the first things we look for when considering applicants. We look for candidates who understand life’s challenges and share our passion for making a positive difference to those with mental health needs, learning disabilities and acquired brain injuries, allowing them to be as independent as possible.  

A-level music education provided by state schools could completely disappear by 2033 as a result of an alarming year-on-year decline, new research suggests.

Falling access to the music qualifications, accelerated by cuts in local and central government funding in recent years, has also led to the gap between state and independent music education provision widening, according to work undertaken by Dr Adam Whittaker and Professor Martin Fautley at Birmingham City University.