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Teenagers' wait for final art results

PUBLISHED: 15:08 17 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

THE waiting game is over for most - but the agony continues for Hossein Ghonouie and Claire Fox.

When the two teenagers turned up at Suffolk College for their AS-level results, they discovered that one nervously-awaited result was missing, for their art exams.

THE waiting game is over for most – but the agony continues for Hossein Ghonouie and Claire Fox.

When the two teenagers turned up at Suffolk College for their AS-level results, they discovered that one nervously-awaited result was missing, for their art exams.

"I got a C for sport studies and a D for psychology, but my art result hasn't come through yet," said Hossein, 17.

"I was feeling quite nervous and now I still don't know exactly what I've got!"

However, he said he would be continuing at the college next year and going on to sit A-levels.

Claire, 18, was pleased to find she had two grade Bs, for her psychology and English literature AS-levels – but she too is facing a wait for her art result.

"I'd really like to have all the results now," she said, adding that she planned to continue at the college next year.

Mark Shields, 17, gained Ds in psychology and history AS-levels, but failed sociology. "I will carry on next year," he said.

Marjan Ahmed, also 17, got three Ds at AS-level, for history, English literature and psychology. He said he was determined to work hard and hoped to build up to three Cs at A-level.

All the teenagers agreed that AS-levels had involved a heavy workload. "It has been hard work," said Marjan. "I think it's going to get better, but it's the first year and we are the guinea-pigs."

Peter Feeney, head of the college's tertiary A-level centre, felt the first year of AS-levels had gone well.

"I think we haven't experienced some of the practical difficulties that some centres have spoken about, but we do recognise that it has meant an extra workload for the students.

"On the whole we are pleased with how the year has gone and some students have got excellent results."

Mr Feeney said about 12 students had not yet received their AS-level art results, and the college was getting in touch with the board concerned, Edexcel, to find out what had gone wrong and get the results as quickly as possible.

A-level students at the college did well, in line with the national picture.

"In terms of our full time students, we had a 100 per cent pass rate in psychology, business studies, media , art and geography, and also pass results of over 90pc in biology, English literature and language," he said.

"We are pleased for the students and there are a lot of happy faces today."

However, Mr Feeney added that, even if students hadn't got the expected grades, all was not lost.

"If students haven't got the grades they were looking for, then it is a good year to go into clearing, because there are a lot of places available. Staff will be available in college to give advice."

Older part-time students also achieved many A-level successes, and one student, Martin Crowe, was among the top five in the whole country in his law A-level, sat by around 3,000 students across Britain.

Altogether, 90 full-time students and 350 part-time students took A-levels at the college, with 90 full-time students sitting AS-levels.

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