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Exam Results


Our students’ achievements

Our students’ time with us is precious and we aim to support each individual to achieve to their greatest potential, particularly in examinations. In 2016 our students achieved:

  • 99% A Level pass rate
  • 100% pass rate in 24 of our A Level subjects
  • Over two-thirds of our students achieved the higher grades
  • 100% BTEC pass rate with over 91% of students achieving a Distinction or above
  • 76% of BTEC students achieved Distinction Star

The government has decided that all students who do not have at least a C grade in GCSE Mathematics or English, must re-sit these until they get the C grade.


Of our students:

  • 87% achieved the C grade they needed in GCSE English within the year
  • 44% achieved the C grade they needed in GCSE Mathematics within the year


These figures are well above the national rate for GCSE Maths and English re-sits, which in 2016 was less than 30%.


Our programme of study

Many colleges now restrict students to only 3 courses at A-level and many no longer allow students to take the AS examination at the end of Year 12. Our students can do 4 courses, because it enables greater student performance and allows our young people the opportunity to try out new courses for a useful period of time. Students do an AS exam at the end of their first year, achieving a set of nationally recognised qualifications and the best indicator to judge which 3 courses to keep for their second year. This enables our students to maximise their performance in their 3 A-levels and to increase their opportunities for progress beyond South Sefton College.

Our students’ progression

87% of our students offered a place at university, including Oxford, took up this offer. Students also entered employment, apprenticeships and training schemes and took the next step to realising their career aspirations. We wish them well!

We very much welcome our former students keeping in touch. Click on this link to let us know how you are progressing in your future.


The Department for Education publishes data to help you compare the performance of different schools and colleges.


Unfortunately, the results are not related to the entry criteria for the school or college or to the support offered to students, so you should investigate these aspects further.

The Department for Education does not publish data on AS results, so we use the A-Level Performance System, an independent body, to make judgements on our students’ results. In 2016 they decided that our AS results are ‘Excellent’ and well above national average.