The NewVIc class of 2016

As we prepare to celebrate the achievement and progression of our 2017 leavers on their results day, it’s worth looking back at our most recent previous cohort and where they progressed. As usual, the class of 2016 was a brilliant and diverse group, full of ambitious and determined young people, preparing to make a positive contribution by acquiring a range of professional skills and qualifications.

Key facts about the NewVIc class of 2016:

696 students progressed to higher education.

90% progression rate across all applicants; A-level and vocational. This is well above the national average.

86 students progressed to Russell Group universities.

Where did they all go?

Our ‘top 7’ university destinations account for 60% of students progressing and this group has remained the same for the last 4 years: Westminster, East London (UEL), Greenwich, Middlesex, Queen Mary University of London, London South Bank and City University. Going back further, the top 7 has always looked very similar but hasn’t always included City and has included either London Metropolitan (currently 11th) or Kingston (currently 9th)

In terms of numbers, the picture is one of stability with the biggest increases over 2015 at Greenwich (up 14 students) and Queen Mary University of London (up 11 students).

14% of NewVIc students progressed to universities outside the London area which required them to live away from home. This is down from 2015 with the highest numbers going to De Montfort (11 students), Anglia Ruskin (8), Coventry, Portsmouth, Surrey (7 each), Sussex (6) and Essex (5).

The Russell Group list remains dominated by Queen Mary University of London which is hardly surprising as it is the nearest Russell Group institution to our college. It accounts for two thirds of all NewVIc’s Russell Group places. Other key institutions are University College London (UCL) with 9 students and King’s College London (KCL) with 8 with a good spread of students progressing to 10 other Russell Group universities.  It’s also worth noting that, as usual, a good number of our vocational students also progressed to Russell Group universities, demonstrating that good vocational qualifications are valued by selective universities when they understand them well.

What are they all studying?

As usual, our students are progressing to pretty much the full range of degree courses available, with the most popular degrees being very broadly by title: Engineering (over 70), Accounting (60+), Business (50+), Law (40+), Psychology (40+), Criminology (30+), Nursing (20+), Education (20+), Early Childhood (20+), Mathematics, English, Design (around 20).

Using the UCAS subject groups, the most substantial areas chosen were: Business and Administrative Studies (147 students), Computer Sciences (82), Biological Sciences (66), Engineering (61), Subjects Allied to Medicine (55), Social Studies (54) and Law (54). The biggest increases over 2015 were in Computer Sciences (up by 19 students), Law (up 12), Mathematical Sciences (up 10) and Biological Sciences (up 8). The biggest falls were in Business and Administrative studies (down 36) and Creative Arts and Design (down 15). These changes reflect changes in cohort sizes for the associated college curriculum areas.

Top 26 universities for the NewVIc class of 2016:

University students %
Westminster 87 12.5
East London 71 10.2
Greenwich 66 9.5
Middlesex 58 8.3
Queen Mary University of London 57 8.2
London South Bank 42 6.0
City 37 5.3
Goldsmiths 23 3.3
Kingston 17 2.4
Brunel 14 2.0
London Metropolitan 14 2.0
West London 14 2.0
Hertfordshire 13 1.9
De Montfort 11 1.6
Ravensbourne 10 1.4
University College London 9 1.3
Anglia Ruskin 8 1.2
King’s College London 8 1.2
Buckinghamshire 7 1.0
Coventry 7 1.0
Cumbria (London campus) 7 1.0
Portsmouth 7 1.0
Roehampton 7 1.0
Surrey 7 1.0
University of the Arts London 6 0.9
Sussex 6 0.9


Russell group progression for the NewVIc class of 2016:

University students
Queen Mary University of London 57
University College London (UCL) 9
King’s College London (KCL) 8
Southampton 3
Imperial College 1
Bristol 1
Cardiff 1
Edinburgh 1
Warwick 1
Birmingham 1
Exeter 1
Leeds 1
Liverpool 1

See also:

Newham’s outstanding record of widening participation (August 2017)

Reducing London’s disadvantage gap (January 2016)

Let’s celebrate vocational success (January 2016)

University progression for the NewVIc class of 2015 (December 2015)

NewVIc breaks all its university progression records (September 2015)

Russell group numbers soar in Newham (August 2015)

From free school meals to university (April 2015)

Where do all our A level students go? (January 2015)

Vocational education: rejecting the narrative of failure (January 2015)

Investing in East London’s future (2014 university progression) (December 2014)

About Eddie Playfair

I am a Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC) having previously been a college principal for 16 years and a teacher before that. I live in East London and I blog in a personal capacity about education and culture. I also tweet at @eddieplayfair
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