College celebrates 100 per cent overall A-level pass rate

Torbay Weekly

A-level students at South Devon College are celebrating as their hard work has paid off after working through incredibly unusual circumstances again this academic year.

Students can continue their journey with their heads held high after achieving an outstanding 100 per cent overall pass rate.

More than half of the student cohort achieved an excellent A* to B result.

This continues the college’s history of exceptionally high pass rates.

The college is also celebrating high results across a broad range of technical and professional qualifications.

The results have helped students to progress along their path to success, achieving places in top universities across the country.

University Centre South Devon, part of South Devon College, is now receiving high levels of inquiries for degree and foundation degree programmes through its clearing hotline.

Some of the students celebrating their results were Amy Barber, Elizabeth Bray and Ella James.

Amy made an outstanding achievement getting an A* in business, A* in English language, A* in her extended project qualification and an A in history.

She said: “I’m over the moon with my results. The hard work really has paid off.”

Amy is now looking forward to studying history and international relations at Kings College London.

Elizabeth Bray also achieved fantastic results with an A in politics, A in photography and a B in history.

“I feel so good now. So happy and relieved it’s over,” she said.

Elizabeth, a Torbay Weekly Teen Talk columnist, is looking forward to studying journalism at East Anglia.

Ella James continued the trend of great results scoring an A in film studies, B in media studies, B in sociology and B in her extended project qualification.

She said: “I’m really happy with my results. I didn’t feel too nervous as I had already received an unconditional offer for university but I still wanted to know how well I had done.”

Ella is now continuing her journey studying fashion marketing at Cardiff University.

Matthew Harbour, vice principal and deputy CEO said: “Congratulations to all our successful students.

"The results achieved today are a testament to their hard work and dedication leading up to this point and will underpin their successful progression into the future.

"Many of our students have now earnt the necessary grades to secure places at universities locally or further afield, taking up apprenticeship opportunities or pursuing other exciting career routes.

“At the end of what has been another challenging and very different academic year, we are especially proud of every student and wish them well with their next steps.

"Thanks too to our fantastic A-level and curriculum staff who, despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, have worked devotedly with their students to support their learning and progression.”

Places in clearing are now open across the country, where unallocated university places are matched to students. University Centre South Devon (UCSD) has a dedicated clearing page on and a clearing advice line you can call on 08000 21 31 81 so you can find out what’s on offer locally.

You can also visit the adult advice evening on Thursday, September 9, from 4pm to 7pm at Long Road, Paignton TQ4 7EJ. Visit for more information.