UNIVERSITY applications from Yeovil College students have increased by nearly 20% this year.

A total of 336 students have applied to university, including top Russell Group members Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, Nottingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Sheffield, Southampton, Warwick and University College London.

Students have also applied to the University Centre Yeovil (UCY), which offers HE courses validated by Bournemouth University, the University of the West of England and the University of Gloucestershire.

Several UCY courses, including BSc (Hons) sustainable graphics and packaging and FdSc garden history and heritage horticulture, are unique to the centre.

Also on offer this year for the first time is FdSc forensic science, BSc (Hons) modern materials and BA creative practices.

Yeovil College principal James Hampton said: “We’re delighted that our students have continued to shine by achieving high pass rates in all areas and wish them the very best for the future.

“Yeovil College aims to give all students the best preparation for work and future study by providing opportunities to work with employers, fantastic facilities and excellent enrichment activities and trips.

“These results are the icing on the cake which will give them every chance of accessing their chosen academic or career path in the future. Congratulations to them all.”

Director of 14-19 curriculum, Andy Perlejewski, said: “We’re very proud of our students at Yeovil College and it’s fantastic that they’ve continued to earn high results year on year.

“Today’s outstanding A Level results join a 94% pass rate at AS Level and a 95% success rate in vocational qualifications.

“This adds to Yeovil College’s growing reputation as a centre of excellence and a valuable opportunity for students in Somerset and Dorset to achieve their personal and professional goals.

“It’s not surprising that we have received more applications than ever to study at the College this year.”