NewVIc class of 2017 progress to university.

The NewVIc class of 2017.

Our class of 2017 was a diverse and ambitious cohort, full of great young people preparing to make a positive contribution by acquiring a range of professional skills and qualifications:

661 students progressed to higher education with an 89% progression rate across all applicants; A-level and vocational. This is well above the national average.

96 students progressed to Russell Group universities – a new record for our college, representing 15% of all students progressing.

Where did they all go?

Over two thirds of NewVIc progressors go to just 7 universities, all in London.

These ‘top 7’ university destinations now account for 69% of students progressing and this group has remained the same for the last 5 years: Middlesex, Greenwich, East London (UEL), Westminster, Queen Mary University of London, City University and London South Bank.

In terms of numbers, the picture is broadly stable with the biggest increases over 2016 at Middlesex (up 22 students), Queen Mary University of London (up 13 students), Greenwich (up 10 students), and City University (up 10 students).

13% of NewVIc students progressed to universities outside the London area which required them to live away from home. This is down from 14% in 2016 with the highest numbers going to De Montfort (9 students), Coventry (8), Anglia Ruskin (8), Bedfordshire (6) and Kent (5).

The Russell Group list remains dominated by Queen Mary University of London, not surprising as it is the nearest Russell Group university to our college. It accounts for 73% 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 5, with a good spread of students progressing to 9 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: Accounting (70+), Business (70+), Medical and biomedical (60+), Engineering (50 +), Computing (50+), Law (40+), Education (40+), Psychology (20+), Sport / PE (20+).

Their impressive achievements represent just one year’s worth of our investment in the future of the London economy. In the context of a 25-year record of similar annual progression, the college has contributed to enhancing our economy with tens of thousands of skilled professionals, all of whom are still of working age. That’s enough health workers, teachers, engineers and lawyers to power several London boroughs!

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths: 202 students.

Nursing and Midwifery (22), Paramedical Science (20), Biomedical Science or Radiography (10), Mathematics (9), Pharmacy or Pharmacology (8), Science – including Biology or Chemistry (8), Forensic Science (6), Biochemistry (4), Medicine (3), Neuroscience (2), Opthalmic dispensing (1), Animal management (1).

Electrical / Electronic Engineering (12), Civil Engineering (10), Mechanical Engineering (9), Construction and the Built Environment (9), Aeronautical Engineering (5), Engineering (4), Chemical Engineering (2), Automobile Engineering (1), Biomedical Engineering (1).

Computer Science, Software Engineering / Networking (40), Games Design, technology or development (10), Computer Forensics (5).

Economics, Business, Management and Accounting: 172 students

Accounting or Finance (72), Business or Business Management (59), Business Information Technology / Systems (13), Marketing (10), Economics (9), Human Resources Management (6), Advertising (3).

Humanities and Social Sciences: 84 students

Psychology (22), Sociology or Social Science (17), English (14), History (9), Politics (9), Journalism (7), Geography (2), Arabic (1), Creative writing (1), Philosophy (1), Religious Studies (1).

Law and Criminology: 63 students.

Law (49), Criminology (14).

Education and Social Work: 51 students

Education (37), Early childhood studies (9), Social work or youth work (4), Counselling / Psychotherapy (1).

Visual and Performing Arts: 44 students

Film, TV and media production (12), Architecture (9), Design or product design (7), Music or music technology (6), Fashion or textiles (5), Drama (3), Dance (2).

Sport, Travel, Tourism and Event Management: 34 students

Sport or PE (26), Hospitality, tourism, airline or event management (8)

[11 other degree destinations haven’t been categorised.]

Top 30 universities for the NewVIc class of 2017:

University students %
Middlesex 80 12.1
Greenwich 76 11.5
East London 72 10.9
Westminster 71 10.7
Queen Mary University of London 70 10.6
City University 47 7.1
London South Bank 39 5.9
Goldsmiths 20 3.0
Kingston 15 2.3
Hertfordshire 14 2.1
De Montfort 9 1.4
University College London 9 1.4
Brunel 8 1.2
Coventry 8 1.2
London Metropolitan 7 1.1
Bedforshire 6 1.0
Kent 5 0.8
King’s College London 5 0.8
College of Law 5 0.8
West London 5 0.8
Roehampton 4 0.6
St. George’s, University of London 4 0.6
Birkbeck 3 0.5
Bournemouth 3 0.5
Brighton 3 0.5
Central Lancashire 3 0.5
Leicester 3 0.5
Northampton 3 0.5
Portsmouth 3 0.5
Ravensbourne 3 0.5

 Russell group progression for the NewVIc class of 2017:

University students
Queen Mary University of London 70
University College London (UCL) 9
King’s College London (KCL) 5
Birmingham 2
Leeds 2
Southampton 2
Bristol 1
Cambridge 1
Exeter 1
Imperial College 1
London School of Economics 1
Sheffield 1

See also:

NewVIc results 2017 (August 2017)

The NewVIc class of 2016 (August 2017)

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

Principal of Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) East London. Blogging about education, politics and culture in a personal capacity. I also tweet at @eddieplayfair
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One Response to NewVIc class of 2017 progress to university.

  1. nivekd says:

    Thanks, Eddie, and congratulations to your staff and students.

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