College Is Number One Choice for A-Levels; Sponsor's Message

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WHETHER you want to go into employment, go to university - and for the gifted and talented within the town go to a Russell Group University - Hartlepool Sixth Form College should be your number one choice.

You can come and meet the team on Tuesday, March 12 at 6pm at the next open evening.

As a college it is exceptionally proud of the outstanding academic results that have been achieved consistently over the last seven years with an average A-level pass rate of 99.6%.

During this time the college regularly changed the number and types of subjects that are offered to ensure that it is supporting the needs of the Year 11 pupils, local employers and also universities. Part of this development has meant that the college has a variety of additional vocational courses to offer alongside the more traditional A-level provision. Most recently the college has introduced A-level economics and additional BTEC programmes in performing arts, music, music technology and, new for September 2013, BTEC applied science, which will give budding scientists a vocational opportunity which can support their progression into different scientific routes.

The college has also harnessed excellent relationships with employers in the area and one of the recent partnerships that has been established is with the owners of the Hartlepool Power Station EDF. The college teamed up with EDF last year for a scheme which includes the college's brightest and best science students working on a project jointly delivered by staff from the college and EDF.

EDF's staff help the students to apply their theoretical academic studies to the practical purposes of the energy industry, particularly nuclear power. Students who have been accepted on to the mentoring programme have progressed to the college from secondary schools including Northfield, Manor, Dyke House, English Martyrs, High Tunstall, St Hilds and Shotton Academy. This year, the project involves the students making regular visits to the power station. College principal Rick Wells said: "I am really excited by the joint project we have launched with our partners at EDF It will provided a unique and stimulating experience for our students and hopefully will lead, in the long term, to jobs with EDF in the UK and possibly abroad. …