A levels : 'The wait for results was the worst bit'

PUBLISHED: 13:57 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 15 June 2010

STUDENTS at Honiton Community College spoke of their delight at receiving the grades they wanted. Harry Holland, 18, from Kilmington, achieved two As, in maths and physics, and a B in design technology, as well as an A in further maths at AS-level. He sai

STUDENTS at Honiton Community College spoke of their delight at receiving the grades they wanted.Harry Holland, 18, from Kilmington, achieved two As, in maths and physics, and a B in design technology, as well as an A in further maths at AS-level.He said he would be going on to Southampton University to study for a masters degree in mechanical engineering.He said: "Southampton was my first choice so I achieved what I wanted."He said he wanted to follow a career in engineering. Steffi Dowle, 18, of Elm Road, Honiton, got two As and two Bs and will also be going to Southampton, to study biology.She said: "Afterwards I am thinking of doing a post graduate course in medicine or going into forensic science."I was aiming to get into Southampton so my results are really good."Questions arise each year about whether A-levels are getting easier but Steffi was adamant they were not.She said: "No, they are not getting easier. We had to work really hard and they are difficult, especially when you take four."It is hard going, with some of the exams close together, sometimes taking three in one day, but the teachers are great."Robin Pottinger, 17, of High Street, Honiton, who has taken his exams a year earlier than many, is looking to study mechanical engineering.He said with his A, B and C, as well as a B in further maths at AS-level, he had earned a place at Warwick University but he was also looking at trying to get into Bristol University, which was his preferred choice.He is planning to take up a career either as a chartered engineer or in civil engineering.He said: "I worked hard to get them but it was quite stressful as well."The worst thing, though, was waiting for the results."Nicki Salter, 17, of Upland Chase, Honiton, achieved an A in photography but said she had been disappointed with her other results.Staying positive, she said: "I am still going to do what I wanted, which is to study photography at Exeter College, and I would like to be a sports photographer.

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