Going above and beyond – celebrating the success of Hampshire’s sixth-form and college students

Hampshire students who completed A and T Level courses this year have achieved higher grades in their qualifications than many of those nationally, according to provisional data from the Department for Education (DfE)

Nov 16 2022

In celebrating this success, Hampshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Roz Chadd, said: “Clearly Hampshire’s students worked really hard and their determination has paid off. We again congratulate those young people on their achievements and wish them every success in the next stage of their education and careers. Their results are even more impressive given the disruption this year’s cohort would have experienced during the pandemic. The strong outcomes also reflect the high-quality teaching and support provided by our many colleges, sixth forms, and post-16 training providers.”

The average A level grade achieved by young people in Hampshire is grade B, above the national average of B minus. Similarly, the average level achieved by students following Technical and vocational qualifications was Distinction, which compares favourably to the national average of Distinction minus. Level 2 Technical outcomes are also above the national average.  

This is the first cohort of T level students to complete their programmes which are the equivalent to three full A levels and involve a minimum of 45 days of work placements. The expansion of T levels is seen as crucial to supporting the future skill needs of the Hampshire economy. 

Councillor Chadd added: “Hampshire benefits from a strong education system across all key stages. This is an important driver of social mobility and economic growth. Each year, thousands of young people are supported to access, achieve, and progress to higher level study and employment, helping them build brilliant careers, and meet the talent needs of employers”.  

There is further good news as provisional data indicates that more 16 and 17-year-olds than ever before have been supported into a place of learning or training -  increasing existing high levels of participation in post-16 education in Hampshire and reducing the number of those who are not in education, employment, or training (NEET). The September Guarantee process is a statutory entitlement to support for young people seeking a place in learning or on a training programme such as an Apprenticeship. With final data confirmed in 2023, the provisional data suggests that Hampshire has improved on the 2021 figure to 97.1% - one of the highest in the South-East region, and above the national average of 94.3%. 

Young people or parents seeking information or support with post-16 education and training choices can contact the Hampshire Futures service by emailing careers.service@hants.gov.uk

The provisional data from the DfE confirms the locally collated results following post-16 exams this summer. Final data will be published in early 2023 and is expected to largely match the provisional position.