Monday, May 20, 2024

Double A-Level celebrations for South Essex College twins

A set of twins from South Essex College celebrated their A-level results after achieving great grades.

Laura and Rosie Richardson from Southend achieved BBB and BBC respectively. Laura studied Art, Media and Sociology while Rosie took Law, Sociology and Combined English.

The twins, 18, are now set for different educational routes and will be separated for the first time.

Laura said: “It will be strange, for the first time we won’t know what the other is going through. We’ve always been together at school and college to help and support each other but now we’ll be doing totally different things.”

Laura will stay at South Essex College to complete the Level 4 UAL Diploma in Art and Design then go on to study creative arts and prop design at university next year. Rosie is off to the University of Greenwich to study law.

Rosie said: “I’m so happy I got in to uni. We came to this College because we liked the idea of independent study so hopefully this experience has prepared me for what’s next.”

Lots of other students had good reason to celebrate including 21 year old Tim Rickman from Brentwood.

Tim achieved AAB in Maths, Chemistry and Physics. He now hopes to study maths and physics at Nottingham University with a view to eventually studying for a PHD in Quantum mechanics.

This is Tim’s second attempt at A-Levels, proving it’s never too late to go back to college.

He said: “After completing my GCSEs at 16, I just wanted to get out into the world and get a job so I didn’t put my all in when originally studying for my A-levels. I worked in a laboratory for a while analysing samples but the tasks became repetitive. I wanted more.

“I decided to start my A-Levels again so I could go to university and South Essex College is one of the only places around that would take an older student.

“Hopefully I passed my experiences onto the younger students, you really have to work hard to get to where you want to be.”

The College’s sixth form college (SE6) set at their Southend Campus achieved an overall A-Level pass rate of 98 per cent, with a 100 per cent pass rate in 16 A-Level subjects.

Students who didn’t get the results they expected or needed to get into university need not panic. It’s not too late to apply through the UCAS Clearing system. More than 60,000 applicants a year secure a higher education place through Clearing at various universities and colleges, South Essex College is no exception.

For more information about Clearing and the courses available, visit


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