Top Marks for Geography graduate

Benedict Vigers, previously at Robert May's School and  past Alton College Geography scholar has recently graduated with top marks and a First Class Honours degree in Geography from King’s College, London. Following this success, he has been offered a place at the University of Cambridge to study a research MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies. We caught up with him to congratulate him and to discuss his time at university and his future plans. 

What did you most enjoy about studying at university?

The thing I most enjoyed about studying as an undergraduate was the academic freedom it gave me to explore completely new ideas. Most importantly, it has really taught me how to think. 

How did Alton College help in preparing you for university?

My time at Alton was invaluable in preparing me for university life. Learning how to manage your own workload is really important, as it is all down to you once you reach university. Alton gave me the chance to become a lot more independent and this set me up really well for my time at King's.

What did you enjoy most about being at Alton College?

I loved studying at Alton. Not only did I absolutely love all my A Level subjects (Geography, German, and Maths) but I also made some great new friends who I'll keep in touch with for years to come.

What course are you going on to study at postgraduate level and what will it involve?

I'm off to Cambridge for an MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies at Christ's College. This is a research based masters, where I'll be looking at contemporary London, the politics of urban development, and the emerging legacy of London 2012.

What do you hope to go on to in the future?

I'm really excited to spend a year conducting my own research project, and hopefully this will equip me well to complete a PhD at some point in the future. Ultimately, I would love to play some sort of role in ensuring that London can be shared and experienced more equitably by both its inhabitants and visitors.

What advice would you give to students thinking about applying to university? 

My main piece of advice when applying to university is finding the right course for you. In the end, if you don't enjoy the course you're studying for 3(+) years, then you won't get as much as you should out of university (even if you have an amazing time partying). The best thing about university is learning how to think and learn as an individual, with help from leaders in their respective fields. Given the price of university now, it’s an important opportunity not to miss!


 Alton College celebrated another exceptional year of outstanding results across all subjects with a 99.2 % pass rate for A levels and 100% for vocational courses. The national average is 98%.  More than three quarters of A level subjects achieved 100% pass rate with over a quarter of students being awarded A*-A while over 77% achieved A*-C.  100% of students passed the BTEC and Cambridge Technical Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A levels and 61% of those achieved the highest grades of three Distinction*. All students who studied the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) achieved A*-C grades with 94% achieving A*-B.