August 19, 2016, by Emma Lowry

A Level success for first sixth-formers at Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology

Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST) is congratulating its first ever cohort of Year 13 students on an outstanding set of A Level and BTEC results.

Many NUAST students have secured places at top UK universities in Science, Computing and Engineering qualifications; while others have been accepted onto prestigious Level 3 apprenticeships with local and national companies and entry to the armed forces at officer level.

NUAST sixth-former, Balint Molnar, 18, will be studying Chemistry at the University of Nottingham in September after achieving an A* grade in Maths and Further Maths and an A in Chemistry.

NUAST’s partnership with the University of Nottingham has been particularly important in equipping its students for applications to Russell Group universities.

As part of the support offered by the University Of Nottingham, NUAST students have been regular visitors to academic faculties and enjoyed lectures, use of lab facilities, academic mentoring and involvement in projects such as unmanned aerial vehicle design.

“The opportunity to visit the University of Nottingham Chemistry facility was amazing,” said Balint. “Having a chance to use a NMR machine to conduct analysis was exciting and I really enjoyed putting into practice what I learnt in class.”

Bob White, Principal of NUAST said: “When NUAST opened it promised a different type of Post-16 education focused on the STEM subjects. The original vision was to connect our students with universities and industry in a way that enriched the educational and career opportunities for every student at the college.

“With curriculum specialists teaching in all subject areas and a unique enrichment and pastoral support system, we have been able to support each of our students with tailored education and enrichment packages, allowing them to achieve their ambitions this summer.

“This first cohort of NUAST students have performed at the very highest level in their A Level and BTEC qualifications. Beyond the excellent headline figures, these results reflect outstanding individual hard work and dedication that each and every student has displayed over the last two years.”

As well as A Levels, Year 12 NUAST students also received their AS results today. Despite concerns in the national media over the new AS Level qualifications, outcomes at NUAST were very strong, providing a firm base for A Level success next year.

Professor Sarah O’Hara, Pro-Vice Chancellor Education and Student Experience, The University of Nottingham, said: “Today’s results, the first for NUAST, are testament to the hard work, passion, and enthusiasm of the students. We are very proud of what the academy offers in terms of its access to excellent educational resources and its close links with key local employers in science and engineering. This approach has clearly paid off and we hope to hear further good news stories as the years unfold. We also look forward to welcoming Balint to The University of Nottingham as he begins his degree with us.”

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