College-level students at Hereford College of Arts have achieved high-grade results significantly above the UK national average for UCAS point equivalent A-levels.

The College’s focus is to empower students to achieve their greatest creative potential through collaboration, innovation and explorative practice. Students are empowered to shape their own creative futures and once again, their hard work and determination has been rewarded.

HCA offer 2-year Extended Diploma courses at college-level which deliver UCAS points for progression to university, in just the same way as A-levels. Performing Arts students have particularly excelled this year with 75% of students on the Level 3 Performing Arts course achieving a distinction, equivalent to A*A*A* at A-level in terms of UCAS points.  This is a tremendous achievement compared to the national average for high-grades (AAA or above) which is 26.4%*

With opportunities throughout the course to perform in front of live audiences and be part of full-scale productions, the Level 3 Performing Arts programme at HCA fully equips students for university-level study. This year’s high-achieving students have secured positions at leading Drama Schools in the UK including:

Daniel Follows, who is going to Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts to study BA (Hons) in Actor Musicianship, and Meredith Lewis, who has been successful in securing her place at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to study BA (Hons) in Stage Management.

The Extended Diploma in Music develops students’ solo and collaborative performance and musicianship and 48% of students have this year achieved a distinction on this course (equivalent to AAA-A*A*A* for this BTEC qualification). 36% of students on HCA Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design also achieved a distinction – with UCAS points equivalent to A*A*A*.

Some of these students will be moving onto BA (Hons) degree programmes at HCA, whilst others will be taking up places at other UK universities. Student success stories include:

Jacobus Oosthuizen [pictured] who achieved a distinction in Art & Design and will be going on to study BA (Hons) Graphic Communication at Bath Spa University.

Tom Sloan-Kirton who also achieved the results he needed to study BA (Hons) Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Alice Platts [pictured] who achieved a distinction in Art & Design and has obtained a place at London College of Fashion to study BA (Hons) Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Performance.

Alba Schloessingk who transferred to HCA to do a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. In achieving a distinction, Alba has secured a place at Goldsmiths, University of London to study BA (Hons) Fine Art.

Ben Gamble, Head of Further Education said:

“Congratulations to all our students on their success. These outstanding results reflect the hard work and commitment that has gone into their studies and we would like to wish them well as they take up their places at university. After such a strong year, we are excited to be expanding our course portfolio – for September 2019 entry, HCA will be offering a new digital curriculum for students interested in exciting careers in thHereford College of Arts students achieve exceptional UCAS points! 2e buoyant digital realm.

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