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Results Day 2022 - Live Blog


That concludes our 2022 results day blog for A Levels | Vocational | T Levels | Apprenticeships. Thanks for joining us, we hope you have enjoyed reading all the wonderful things that our students have had to say about their College experience and their exciting next steps!

You can check out our main results day new stories here:
York College celebrates ‘hugely impressive’ results day
Hundred per cent pass-rate for York College’s first T level cohort

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T Level student Isabel Udall-James, from Sherburn in Elmet, achieved a distinction star and is now a degree apprentice with construction company VINCI Construction.

She said: “I didn’t quite expect the distinction star – it was a shock.

“My T Level was a good learning experience and real eye-opener. There was a lot of studying but my favourite bit was being on work placement. I worked with VINCI Construction on the Guildhall in York and that was an amazing experience. From 1st August I started as a degree apprentice Site Engineer with VINCI Construction on a five year part-time Bachelors in Civil Engineering.

“My T level was a great stepping-stone into the construction industry.”


Congratulations to Esme Edwards, former Manor CE Academy student. Esme has achieved the following A Levels; Law – A*, Sociology – A*, Business – A*

“My tutors at York College were really supportive and I developed great relationships with them. They were always available to chat and really care about their students and their achievements. My lessons were always enjoyable and studying at the College felt like a step up from school, with a more independent atmosphere.

I’m now progressing to study Law at the University of York.”

Paul Edwards (Dad) – “I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the tutors and staff at York College who have helped Esme along the way.”


Well done to Evie Elsworth who has achieved the following A Level results today: Geography – A*, Physical Education – A*, Maths – A

“I’m extremely pleased with my A Level results as they’ve meant that I’ve been accepted to my first choice of university, Loughborough University, to study BEng (Hons) Sports Technology. While studying here I was also able to be part of the women’s football team alongside my studies, which provided a really great balance between achieving my academic goals and having an outlet for stress release in playing sport. I’ve really enjoyed my time at York College and it’s helped me to develop into the person I am today.”


Congratulations to Joe Stamp, former Huntington School student who has completed his Sport Coaching & Development Level 3 Extended Diploma and achieved triple Distinction* (D*D*D*)

“I’ve loved every second of studying at York College, it’s been the quickest two years of my life. My sports tutors were excellent and I going to miss them all. Overall, College has been a fantastic experience and I’m so pleased with my grades. Being able to combine studying and playing for the men’s football team has been great. Also, had I not come to York College I would not have known about or been put forward for the England College’s football team for which I trialled and successfully gained a place.

In the future, I’m looking at studying a sport related course at Leeds Beckett University.”


Well done to Lucy Farnaby, Previously of Tadcaster Grammar School who has achieved the following A Levels: Politics – B, History (Ancient) – B, EPQ – B, Economics – C

“I really enjoyed my time at York College and loved that I was treated as an adult throughout my time there, it felt much more independent. I also really liked that I was able to study an EPQ and Ancient History, which wasn’t offered elsewhere.

I’m now progressing to Newcastle University to study Ancient History and Archaeology, and in the future I would like to have a career in journalism.”

Some really great results day success stories in our blog so far.

And remember, if your results didn’t quite turn out as you’d hoped, there’s still lots of options for you through the UCAS clearing system.

Interested in a degree or higher-level programme with our University Centre, head over to our clearing page and check out some of the options open to you.


Iona Thompson, previously of Tadcaster Grammar School. Iona has achieved the following A Levels: Law – A*, Psychology – A*, Religious Studies – A

“I really enjoyed studying my A Levels at York College and particularly enjoyed the lively debates and discussions and the amount of resources we had access to to aid our learning.

York College offered a fresh start and a new level of independence, with more of a step up and a university feel.

I’m now progressing to study Law at the University of Birmingham. I’d then like to study a Masters and become a barrister in the future.”


A word from Danny Brett, our Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Principal, on the fabulous results of our T Level students

“This fabulous set of T Level results are a testament to the commitment of our students, tutors, and support teams. They’ve all worked incredibly hard, throughout a period of unprecedented disruption.

“As a college we are proud to have supported this first cohort of T-Level students, which culminated in these incredible results, including a large proportion of distinction and distinction * grades.

“We see today as an excellent start to the College’s T Level journey, and we look forward to supporting further T Level students throughout their studies here at York College in the months and years to come, in a wider than ever range of T Level subjects.

“A huge well done to each of our graduating students, as a College, we could not be prouder of what you have achieved.”


Congratulations to Isaac Moody, Previously of Millthorpe School who has achieved the following A Level results: Biology – A*, History (Ancient) – A, Politics – A

“My A Levels were extremely well taught, and I found all of my tutors to be friendly and very capable.

Ancient History particularly captured my interest, and a personal highlight for me was having the opportunity to study Athenian drama.

I’m now planning on progressing to the University of St Andrews to study BSc (Hons) Marine Biology.”


Joanne Hedge, 27, took the T Level route after deciding on a complete change of career. Today she celebrates achieving a distinction in her Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction T Level.

She said: “I used to be a florist and I had my own business but then Covid came along and disrupted all that.

“My dad worked in construction and he suggested I try quantity surveying, I wasn’t sure at first but then I said I would give it a go.

“I would recommend taking the T Level route into the construction industry. As well as the classroom learning, the work experience can open up so many pathways within the industry.

“I got my predicted results so I’m really happy and I’m now working with Jacobs Construction.”

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Abdul Karim, 22, described his result as a ‘life changer’ after gaining a Distinction in his Level 3 BTEC in IT Technology. He’s now looking forward to carrying on his studies at the University of Hull.

Abdul said: “I feel incredible and I still can’t believe it. The first thing I did was cry. Because of these results I can now go to university – it’s a life changer.

“York College has helped me go from zero to this. I’m a little sad because I’ve had a great time at York College. Every floor means something to me and all my tutors have been great.

“I love it more than my home, but I’m really excited to be going to the University of Hull - now I believe I can really do something.”


Luke Zwalf, our Head of Humanities, Languages & Social Science, said he couldn’t be prouder of his students after a tough two years.

“I’m over the moon with their results,” he said. “It’s staggering.

“I’m seeing students getting their first-choice university, which is exactly the outcome we want.

“It’s fantastic to see, especially after what the students have been through with Covid restrictions and lockdowns. I’m genuinely proud of them.

“Their results are, in some cases, mind-blowing.”


Well done to Emily Maidwell, a former Bedale High School student. Emily has achieved the following A Levels: Politics A*, Geography A* and Modern History A.

“My favourite thing about York College was how supportive staff have been. I like how specialist tutors are, they’re so knowledgeable and passionate, and make the subjects really exciting. I’ve really enjoyed my time at College.

I have travelled through from Bedale and it was really worth it to study at a College with a junior university feel.

I’m very happy with my results and getting these have made me believe in myself more. I’m ready to apply to university for next year and would like to study History and Politics at London School of Economics.”


BBC Radio York
Hear from York College Chief Executive and Principal, Lee Probert, discuss all things results day along with advice and guidance on what to do if you haven't quite achieved what you expected.

Listen in at 10.28 - BBC Radio York.


Congratulations to Freddie Dixon, Previously of Millthorpe School. Freddie has achieved the following A Levels: Maths – A*, Further Maths – A, Biology – A

“I chose to study Maths, Further Maths and Biology as these were three subjects that I was passionate about and I knew that studying these would enable me to progress to a career in zoology, which is what I’m going on to study at university.

I really enjoyed the style of learning offered at York College and the more adult environment provided a great step up. I got on well with all of my tutors and have really enjoyed my experience at York College.

I’m now progressing to study a Zoology at the University of Leeds, and after I’ve completed my degree I plan on focusing on helping the environment.”


Well done to Molly Trousdale, Previously of Manor CE Academy. Molly is studying Engineering Draughtsperson Apprenticeship at Siemens and is half way though her Level 3 course.

“I really like my apprenticeship as I am getting hands on experiences in the workshops as well as the more in-depth all-round knowledge of engineering. My experience has been great as I get to learn how things work and why they work, and I can then apply this knowledge to my workshop tasks, which helps to develop my skills and knowledge. I managed to get Distinctions for all of my units in the first year. The staff are really supportive and are great to collaborate with, they help us develop wider skills as well – such as our professional behaviours which help prepare us for the workplace. After my apprenticeship I intend to carry on my career at Siemens and take an HNC. I will also continue to become better at my job and hopefully gain higher positions in the company.


Congratulations to Millie Rhodes, Previously of a Parkside School, Bradford. Millie has achieved the following results today: Art & Design (Photography) – A*, English Literature – B, Drama – B

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at York College and there was never a day that I haven’t wanted to come in. My tutors gave me endless support throughout my time there and always looked after students’ wellbeing.

My Drama lessons in particular were fantastic.

I’m planning on staying at York College and progressing to study the BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen at the University Centre, and following this I’d like to study further in London.”

Lorna (Mum) – “Millie has transformed while studying at York College. Her confidence has grown massively and she’s made lots of new friends.”


James Longstaff, former St Aidan’s Church of England School pupil
Studied: Business Extended Diploma Level 3 and achieved triple Distinction*.

“I chose the course as it enabled me to follow the subject I enjoyed most and the one I knew I wanted to continue to study at university. I liked the fact it had a more practical element with assignments and only two exams. Also, I can apply the theory learnt in the class to the work experience I am undertaking.

My tutors have been incredibly helpful all the way through my course and this has contributed towards my improved confidence and grade. I achieved D*D*D* and I’m really pleased with my results.”


Congratulations to Heather Pitchford, former Tadcaster Grammar School pupil who has achieved the following A Levels: Psychology – A*, Biology – A*, Geography – A.

“I’m really pleased with my A Level results and everything I learned while at College. My tutors always encouraged free thinking and hard work and I think this has really paid off in my results. I also received lots of help and support when applying to university and I can’t wait to study Geography at Durham University.”


OK, so what’s next if your results today are not quite what you’d expected? Don’t worry, you definitely have options.

UCAS is ready to get you sorted with a range of options for continuing or starting out on your higher education journey.

Check out York College’s Clearing page here, for lots of useful information.


Congratulations to Isaac Sands, previously of Manor CE Academy who has achieved the following A Levels: Politics – A*, English Literature – A, Religious Studies – B.

“My tutors at the College have been great, they were always accessible and there if I needed them, and they really care about their students. All of my tutors were experts in their fields of study and so were able to pass on their knowledge in a really impactful way.

I particularly enjoyed the debates and the emphasis placed on further reading. We were encouraged to explore ideas beyond the specification, which was great.

York College offers a different experience to school as it provides more freedom and allows you to grow as a person.

I’m now having a gap year and going to New Zealand, and following this I’m planning to study BA (Hons) Politics at Newcastle University.”


Well done to Emily Brookes, former from Huntington School pupil who studied Art & Design Foundation Diploma Post-Level 3 at York College.

Gaining a Distinction in her Art & Design Foundation course means Emily Brookes is on her way to university in September to study fashion.

“I’m feeling pretty accomplished,” she said. “After A Levels, the Distinction in my Art & Design Foundation course allows me to go on to Birmingham City University to study fashion design. Hopefully then I’ll move on to work within the fashion and textiles industry.”


Congratulations to former Ryedale School pupil, Oscar Jennings, who heads to Cambridge University in October, after completing A Level History, Politics and Computer Science at York College.

He said: “I’m overjoyed and excited. Being able to study at a place like Cambridge, with all its resources, is just fantastic, and York College has continued to support me until I start in October.

“A highlight was the history coursework, which allowed me the freedom to research and write about my interests.


Congratulation to Evie Barlow, 19, from York, who is celebrating today after achieving a Distinction in her Level 3 Travel & Tourism Diploma.

“It was amazing to get a Distinction,” she said. “I worked really hard in my assignments to get the grades, so I was hoping I was in with a good chance. I did Travel & Tourism Level 2 and loved it, so proceeded on to the Level 3 after getting my GCSE Maths.

“I’m now going to Lincoln University to study international tourism management and I’m going to study French too.

“I have loved studying at York College and would recommend it to anyone. I get along with all of my tutors and they have all been supportive.”


Our Principal and Chief Executive Lee Probert congratulates all students receiving results today...

“This year’s A Level cohort sat formal exams for the first time since primary school.

“Testament to their hard work we’re celebrating their best ever high-grade profile with 11.3% of students achieving A* grades. More than half of our A Level students achieved A*, A and B grades and 51 of our students achieved all A* and A grades. These are hugely impressive outcomes.

“Alongside A Level results, we also celebrate all Level 3 vocational results, including this year’s first ever T Level cohort, where 100% of students passed these brand new qualifications.

“Having completed their GCSE studies in lockdown, these students returned to learning with the determination to succeed and that is what they have done.

“The support we provide for students doesn’t end here, and we’re available to provide advice and guidance to any students who need support to pursue their next steps. There are plenty of options to consider after a successful level three outcome including; high quality degree apprenticeships, higher level vocational qualifications, as well as degree level study at university.

“Whatever they do next, we’re tremendously proud of them and wish them every success for the future.”


Good morning everyone and welcome to our live results day blog.

Stay with us as we celebrate the achievements of York College’s A Level, T Level, vocational students and our apprentices.

We’ll be bringing you their stories throughout the day as they receive their results and plan the next steps on their learning journey.