Words by Ada
Posted 1 year ago

Our first cohort of sixth form students from Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, have finished their studies with us. Following last week’s results, we are now looking on with pride as our first group of digital pioneers join top apprenticeship programmes, take up exciting university places, and even move into full time employment in the tech sector.

100% of our students have earned a computer science qualification, passing the new academically stretching and industry focused computer science BTEC we teach at Ada. More than half have achieved a distinction*-distinction. Our students also achieved 91% A*-E in our A-level subjects - Graphics, Business Studies, Physics, and Maths – with 34% at A*-B. These results and the unique education students receive at Ada are helping our young people progress to fantastic destinations with the skillsets, mindsets and networks they will need to excel.

An impressive 86% of our students are going to their first choice destinations after Ada.

Daniel, who is going on to study Games Development at Norwich University of the Arts said, "I was someone who went from the very worst 3 years ago entering another 6th Form and failing my first year to reaching top grades D*D*D* at Ada. I've gained a new perspective in seeing the real world and how to better measure my skill."

There are many paths to the tech sector, including higher level apprenticeships at top employers. More than 16% of our students are going on to aspirational apprenticeships and we expect this number to grow as employers are still hiring for their autumn intakes. We are excited to welcome back 10% of our students as software developer apprentices at Google and Deloitte with training delivered here at Ada.  

We are fulfilling our mission to empower our students, especially young women and those from low income households, through delivering an education that allows them to progress into highly skilled digital roles. 91% of our students from IDACI deciles 1-3 are progressing onto university, an aspirational apprenticeship or full time employment in the tech sector. 100% of our girls have achieved fantastic results and are progressing to a range of opportunities. On results day Chayann was excited to share and celebrate her A* and D*D results and we are too!

Mark Smith, CEO of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills said, “We are incredibly proud of our students for their hard work throughout their time with us. We know our industry partners are already smitten by the skillsets and mindsets they bring to their work. Their dedication has already paid off in so many ways and we can’t wait to see what they achieve as they enter the tech sector.”


  • The universities our students will attend are Warwick University, Queen Mary University, Nottingham Trent University, Abertay University, Goldsmiths University of London, Bath Spa University, University for the Creative Arts, Keele University, Brunel University, De Montfort University, University of East Anglia, Bournemouth University, University of Derby, Middlesex University, and Kingston University.
  • 77% of students will study computer science related courses at university, other courses include astrophysics, business, physics, and illustration and animation.
  • Ada students have confirmed higher level apprenticeship places at Google, Deloitte and KPMG with more expected.


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