GCSE success for Activate Learning’s City of Oxford College students

12 August, 2021

Over 99% of Activate Learning’s City of Oxford College students taking full-time GCSE programmes or standalone maths and English GCSEs achieved a pass in this year’s exams.

Two students celebrate their GCSE resultsMany of the college’s GCSE students are learners who resit maths, English or both, to continue in education or progress their career.  

These include mature students who need these GCSEs to progress in their careers, learners who may have missed the chance to go to university first time round and want to study at degree level and also part-time students who have studied GCSEs at evening classes. 

Sally Dicketts CBE, Chief Executive of Activate Learning, said: “Congratulations and well done to those of you picking up your GCSE and level 2 results today. You have managed, under difficult and changing circumstances, to stay focused on your studies and have I hope obtained the grades you were wishing for.    

“There are now a range of worthwhile, stretching vocational and/ or academic courses for you to consider undertaking, in order to provide you with the jobs and lifestyle you want for your future.    

“But all is not lost if you haven’t got what you had hoped for, we can work with you to help you realise your ambition. Just come and speak to us at Activate Learning whatever your results. We can help.” 

Meda Mickute, a GCSE Humanities Pathway student was one of City of Oxford College’s top performers and is celebrating an outstanding set of results, including a 9 in Sociology. 

Meda said: “I was very surprised about my results, particularly the 9. I’m very happy with how things have gone. The teachers are very helpful and very easy to understand, which was great. My next step is to do A Levels at City of Oxford College, which I am very excited about!” 

Khalid Rahmati, a GCSE Science Pathway student achieved 4 and 5 grades in Science, Maths, Statistics and English. Khalid now plans to do an Access to Higher Education course at City of Oxford College. 

Khalid said: “I found everything amazing, especially the teachers. They provide you with lots of support, both online during lockdown and in person. They are always so clear on their instructions, resources and everything. I came to the UK in 2018 from Afghanistan, I find the system so much better here. This is my second year of GCSEs, as last year, due to the pandemic, my grades were a lot lower than I needed. Passing this year means I can start my access course in September and eventually progress to study Biomedical Science at Oxford Brookes University.”  

Activate Learning at City of Oxford College provides GCSE pathway and part-time adult GCSE programmes, a wide range of A Levels including further mathematics, drama and theatre studies, physics and media studies, as well as degree subjects ranging from business and enterprise, furniture design and make and sports coaching. Additionally, our extensive network of business partners means that we provide outstanding apprenticeship opportunities.  

This year, we are providing information, advice and guidance at the college  throughout the end of August and early September. Tutors and career advisers will be on hand to help anyone who is unsure as to what to do next after GCSEs, and we can also provide advice on funding and other student support services. More information