GCU Advanced Higher Hub pupils celebrate 90% pass rate

06 August 2015

Pupils celebrate success at GCU's Advanced Higher Hub

Pupils celebrate success at GCU's Advanced Higher Hub

Sixth-year pupils studying at Glasgow Caledonian University’s Advanced Higher Hub are celebrating an outstanding pass rate of 90% during the second year of the programme.

There were 167 exam presentations from students attending 21 Glasgow City Council schools. The pupils studied English; Mathematics; Biology; Chemistry; History; Business Management and Modern Studies at the Advanced Higher Hub, with 40% of the pupils receiving A grades at SCQF Level 7, and a further 30% receiving a B grade. Pupils studying History and English received 100% pass rates.

The Advanced Higher Hub supports GCU’s strategic commitment to delivering excellence in learning and an outstanding student experience which equips students with the employability and entrepreneurial skills to succeed as global citizens.

As a University for the Common Good, we support widening access and articulation, raising aspirations and creating flexible learning pathways in partnership with schools and colleges.

GCU’s Advanced Higher Hub opened in August 2013, supported by the Scottish Funding Council and in partnership with Glasgow City Council. It is the first project in Scotland to employ school teachers on a university campus. During the first teaching year, the pass rate was 74%.   

Eleanor Wilson MBE, GCU Director of Outreach and Community Engagement, said: “The Advanced Higher Hub builds on GCU’s University for the Common Good commitment and it is our aim to raise aspirations and widen access to higher education for pupils in the city.

“This is an outstanding result for the pupils, which is testament to the hard work of both the pupils and the Hub teaching staff and the support received from Glasgow City Council.

“We genuinely believe that study at the Advanced Higher Hub blends real life and learning, making pupils’ Advanced Higher experiences more relevant to their academic aspirations and helping them to apply their learning beyond the classroom, into the campus and their future learning journeys.”

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE said: “I am delighted by the successful results generated by our Advanced Higher Hub. The pupils should be so proud of what they have achieved, and so should the staff who have supported them with such commitment. This achievement underlines the success of our close working partnership with Glasgow City Council, and the support we have received from the Scottish Funding Council. This initiative is an excellent example of GCU delivering on our mission as a University for the Common Good, as we seek to provide educational opportunities for everyone in our society.”