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City of Westminster College A-level students make the grade

Adeniyi Adelakun

There have been some exceptional results at City of Westminster College, with many students being accepted by their first-choice HE institution. Principal Keith Cowell says: “We are delighted that so many of our A-level students have achieved the results they need to move on to their chosen course.”

Keith Cowell says there are plenty of options, for students depending on their grades. He says: “Competition for Higher Education places is tougher than ever and our teams of careers and course advisers are on hand to assist students looking for their next step. We’ve a wide variety of options at HE level and have created a useful video on our website to help students navigate Clearing. We encourage anyone who is looking for advice on their next move to visit our website or, better still, come and see us for one-to-one guidance.”

Here are just some of City of Westminster College’s 2012 success stories.

Adeniyi Adelakun, 27, from Westminster, is off to St John’s College Cambridge, thanks to A grades in English Literature and Government & Politics – both studied in just one year. He says: "I’ve had a deal with a music publisher for the past few years, but I'm getting too old to be a DJ! My degree course is in Education and English Literature and maybe I'll become a teacher. I'd definitely recommend City of Westminster College and the secret with A-levels is to treat them like a job: work nine to five and leave partying for evenings.”

Qahira Hayat

Qahira Hayat, 20, from Westminster, achieved As in Chemistry and Biology and B in Psychology and, because her results are better than expected, she is now considering whether to take up her Pharmacy degree place at Kingston or choose another university via Adjustment. Originally from Afghanistan, Qahira missed out on some schooling and joined City of Westminster College in 2009 to take intensive (one-year) GCSEs before moving on to A-levels. She says: “The College was local and convenient for me, but it has been good. I’d recommend it.” 

James Childs

James Childs,
18, from Islington, now has the paperwork he needs to start a journalism course at London College of Communication. He says: "I'd previously failed with my exams but City of Westminster College still accepted me for A-levels, so I knuckled down and got there second time around. My aim is to be a music journalist."

Lily O'Hare

Lily O’Hare,
22, from Lambeth, and classmate Elena Di Lorenzo, 31, from Croydon, are celebrating getting into medical school after achieving the Chemistry grades they needed. Lily, who previously studied Neuroscience at university, joins Barts and The London NHS Trust. Elena, who has a Psychology degree and is taking up a place at Birmingham, says: “I’m studying Medicine because I always wanted this and didn’t have the chance first time around.”

Joel Thomas

Joel Thomas,
19, from Hackney, took a year out before embarking on A-levels. Now he has the grades he needs to study Sociology and Psychology at Coventry University. He says: "I fell in love with sociology and that's why l decided to return to education. I want to go into counselling or therapy – maybe even sports therapy."

Fadumo Jama

Fadumo Jama,
19, from Brent, is off to University of Westminster to study English Language & Linguistics, having achieved two Bs and a C. She says: “I chose City of Westminster because students said the best things about teachers in this College. My advice to other students is to choose the right course for you and think about the future and where it could take you. It’s important to stay focused.” Ana-Diamond Aaba, 18, from Westminster, starts a Film Studies degree at King’s College, having gained A*, B and C grades. She says: “I moved to the UK in 2010 and even enrolled two weeks late for the start of term. Staff worked with me every step of the way and each time I needed help I got it.”