Science Success

Alton College actively promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and we are one of a few Colleges in Hampshire to be a member of the Royal Society’s Associate Schools and Colleges network. This is a UK network of enthusiastic teachers who share their experience and work in order to help promote excellence in science and mathematics teaching.

The Royal Society aims to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to appreciate the value of science and to engage with it. They promote ‘science for all’ to stimulate the interest of young people in science and mathematics so that people’s lives are enriched and the needs of the economy are met. Being part of the scheme gives teachers the opportunity to have their say and feed their views into the work of the Royal Society and engage with their projects and activities. 

Each year Alton College students perform exceptionally well in their A levels and BTECs across STEM subjects and go onto study related degree subjects at top class Russell Group universities. Here are a few examples of where this year’s STEM students progressed to after leaving us. 

Gabby Kelly, previously at The Petersfield School achieved A* in Biology, A* in Chemistry, A* in Maths and A* in EPQ and will study medicine at Cardiff University. She said: ‘I’ve thoroughly enjoyed studying at Alton College. The incredible facilities and experienced, supportive staff have helped me to achieve my dream to study medicine at university. I’ve been waiting for this day for years and I’m so happy!’.  

Mo Gifford, previously at Perins achieved three Distinction* in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering and is going on to study an Apprenticeship with Cranford Controls in Alton.  She said: ‘I loved the Electronics element of the course and after completing a work placement at Cranford I was offered a job and an apprenticeship. Thank you Alton College!’. 

Paul Cumner, previously at Robert May’s School, achieved A* in Chemistry, A* in Further Maths, A* in Physics, A* in Maths and A* in EPQ and will go to study Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He said: ‘The teachers are really supportive at Alton College and the atmosphere is very welcoming. I thoroughly enjoyed studying Maths and Further Maths and the ability to choose modules in the second year meant I could tailor the course to my specific interests. This prepared me well for studying at Cambridge’.  

Kate Willett, previously at The Petersfield School, achieved A* in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Maths and A* in EPQ and will study Biomedical Science at the University of Warwick. She said: ‘The teachers at Alton College are so supportive and inspiring, they’ve made such a difference to my grades. I took the Applying to Competitive Courses UCAS sessions and they helped me so much to create a stand-out personal statement.'  

Thomas Hiller, previously at Eggar’s School, achieved three Distinction* in the BTEC Extended Diploma in IT and will go on to study Digital Design at Brunel University. He said: ‘I am really pleased with my results and can’t wait to start University in September. I’ve had a fantastic time at Alton College and the teachers were extremely supportive in helping me apply to University’. 

Matthew Heard, previously at Amery Hill School, achieved an A* in Maths, A* in Physics and A in Chemistry and will go on to study Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham. He said: ‘The teachers are brilliant, they are experienced and so supportive especially on applying for university. I’m really proud of the grades I’ve achieved and can’t wait to start September’. 

Beth Welch, previously at Amery Hill School, achieved A in Biology, A in Chemistry and A in Maths and will go on to the University of Exeter to study Medical Science. She said: ‘My teachers were incredibly supportive, I could ask them anything and they would always help, recommend extra reading or extension work’. 

Ella Cannings, previously at Amery Hill School, achieved A Chemistry, A in Biology, A in Maths and A in EPQ and will go to study Medicine at St George’s, University of London. She said: ‘The weekly Medicine Support Club really helped me with application to study at St George’s. I found the interview practice and help with the personal statement so useful’. 

Flo Stoppani-White, previously at Alton Convent achieved A* Geography, A in Biology and A in Chemistry and will go on to study Science at the University of Exeter. She said: ‘I think Alton College really prepares you for your future. Its campus is great and the supportive staff are amazing.’ 

Luke Sykes, previously at Mill Chase Academy, achieved A* in Maths, A in Computer Science, B in Economics and will go on to study Computer Science at the University of Exeter. He said: ‘I always wanted to study Computer Science at university and Alton College has helped me achieve this.’ 

Charlotte Cranmer, previously at Mill Chase Academy, achieved A* in Maths, A* in Biology and A in Further Maths and will go on to study Maths at the University of Surrey. She said: ‘All my teachers were so supportive and the Maths department is amazing’. 

Tom Rodd, previously at Bohunt School, achieved A* in Biology, A* in Chemistry, A* in EPQ and A in Maths and will go on to the University of Nottingham to study Veterinary Medicine. He said: ‘I chose the College because it has a great reputation and transport links and the teaching support is second to none. I’m so grateful to be able to realise a long held ambition to study Vet Science’. 

Emily White, previously at Amery Hill School achieved A in Biology, A in Chemistry, B in Maths and B in EPQ and will study Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Surrey. She said: ‘There is such a positive vibe at Alton College, it really encourages you to work hard. All the staff are so experienced and supportive. It really helped attending the College’s Medicine Support Club’.  

Steven Robertson, previously at Bohunt School achieved A* in Further Maths, A* in Maths, A* in EPQ and A in Physics and and will go on to the University of Durham to study Maths. He said: ‘I chose to study at Alton as it is great preparation for university. I’d spent five years at school in the same place and so coming to Alton was the next step. The teachers are so enthusiastic they really helped me’. 

Lisa Winkler, previously at Bohunt School, achieved A* in Further Maths, A* in Maths and A in Physics and will go on to study an MSc in Physics at Imperial College London. She said: ‘Studying at Alton College was fantastic, the staff are inspiring and supportive and I enjoyed the subject trips such as the Physics Trip to CERN’. 

Dan Parry, previously at The Petersfield School, achieved A* in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Maths and will go on to study Medicine at the University of Cardiff. He said: ‘The teachers at Alton are so inspiring and supportive they’ve really helped me during my course.’ 

All Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects had a 100% pass rate at Alton College this summer.

SUBJECT A*-C Pass rate
Biology 87%
Chemistry 92%
Physics 75%
Further Maths 94%
Maths: Statistics 100%
Design + Technology: Graphics 89%
Design + Technology: Resistant Materials 60%
BTEC Level 3 Engineering 73% Highest Grades