A Level Results

A Level Results 2023

Lancing College’s A Level results for 2023 not only bucked the national trend in a downturn of results, but also produced the greatest results for the College in over a decade. There was much anticipation of how this return to the 2019 regime would impact results nationally and individually. Students at Lancing College have performed above and beyond the national narrative, producing another outstanding set of results. All academic departments performed extremely well, but standout performances came in Mathematics and the Life Sciences, with 97 entries for Mathematics and Further Mathematics from a year group of 135 students, netting outstanding results.

Highlights include:  

  • 81% of grades achieved were A*-B
  • 54% at A*-A grades
  • 21 Upper Sixth students achieved a clean sweep of A and A* grades

Commenting on the results, Mr Dominic Oliver, Head Master, said:

The pressure was on for this cohort of Sixth Form students who have weathered the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic magnificently. We could not be prouder of how well they have fared.

It is impressive to consider that for 36% of our students, English is not their first language. Higher education and employment should be viewed through a global lens, and it is in this context that we prepare our students to flourish. It is pleasing to see students choosing the highest-ranked universities, as gauged by the QS World Rankings. In addition, 10% of Lancing students are now choosing to study overseas, and this is a trend that we expect to grow in the years to come.


University Destinations

The Russell Group of elite UK universities again dominates Lancing’s most popular destinations. The Top 11 destinations for Lancing students this year in the UK are as follows:

  • University of Exeter, Russell Group, 16 students
  • University of Bristol, Russell Group, 8 students
  • University of Bath, 6 students
  • Durham University, Russell Group, 6 students
  • University College London, Russell Group, 5 students 
  • Cardiff University, Russell Group, 5 students
  • Loughborough University, 4 students
  • The University of Manchester, Russell Group, 4 students
  • University of Nottingham, Russell Group, 4 students
  • University of Southampton, Russell Group, 3 students 
  • University of Leeds, Russell Group, 3 students 


Oxbridge success continues unabated with all of our successful candidates meeting the terms of their offers. They go on to a characteristically diverse range of courses, from English Literature and Language to Biological and Natural Sciences.

Furthermore, Lancing continues its fantastic record of winning places at elite overseas destinations, continuing the proud tradition of cosmopolitan internationalism that is a facet of Lancing life. Read more about this here.

Subject Specific Success

Our veterinary medicine programme – part of our wider, extensive support of veterinary, medical and biosciences support – saw all of our applicants to read veterinary medicine win coveted places on this highly successful programme. Two out of the three at the Royal Veterinary College, ranked in the QS world rankings as the best course in the world for the discipline.

Medicine and nursing continue to be popular routes too with students going to Queen’s University, Belfast, St George’s, Exeter University and the University of Leicester for places in these course.  

BTEC programmes in Sport (a two A Level equivalent qualification) and Business saw a 100% pass rate at the equivalent of A*-B with BTEC students placing at some of the best course for their chosen courses in the UK.  

Mathematics remains one of Lancing’s strongest suits, contributing a staggering 41 As and A*s this year. In Further Mathematics, moreover, 86% of all grades awarded were at A* to B with 64% at A*-A. As ever, students have gone on to some of the very best Mathematics courses in the country for further study of the discipline.

Pupil Success Stories

Alexander Badcock, who came to us from Lancing Preparatory School at Worthing, has fully lived up to his place as a Lancing academic scholar, attaining a QS World Rankings top 100 place globally for Economics at Durham University, having attained an A* in his Economics Extended Project Qualification to join the A* in Economics A Level.  You will find a photo of him.

Daniela Buyevska, one of our group of Ukrainian students, attained a stunning four A*s and an A grade in her A Levels. She goes on to study Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, one of the world’s top 10 universities for one of the top ten courses globally for her subject.

Serena Fellingham, of Worthing, is one of Lancing’s academic scholars, more than living up to this accolade by securing a place at one of the world’s top 20 places to study her chosen course. Serena goes on to study Geography at Manchester University, having attained an A* in Geography among an excellent set of A Level grades. Serena joined Lancing for the Sixth Form from Durrington High School.

Isabella Hope has fulfilled the full range of her abilities at Lancing, combining an outstanding sporting career as a nationally ranked tennis player and Lancing sports scholar with an outstanding set of A Level results. Having attained A*AA at A Level, she goes on to read Psychology at Bristol University, one of the world’s top 100 universities, and Psychology degrees.  

Benjamin Irvine-Capel, of Chichester, is one of Lancing’s Heads of School and a music scholar, organist, and chorister. He goes on to Exeter University, where he will combine being a choral scholar with an undergraduate degree in International Relations, one of the world's top 100-ranked degree programmes. Benjamin scored A* grades in both Politics and Music along with an A grade in Religious Studies.

Jessica Joyce, from Steyning, joined Lancing from Lancing Preparatory School at Hove. She goes on to a globally ranked top 100 course to study an M.Arch in Architecture at Cardiff University, having pursued an Extended Project, designing her own ecologically friendly tiny house. She was supervised by our exceptional Design and Technology Department, where she also worked to gain an A grade at A Level to go with the one she scored in Psychology.

Vivi Li leaves Lancing, having benefitted from the outstanding tutelage of our mathematics and life sciences departments with a stunning five A* grades, to join one of the world’s top five courses for Biological Sciences at Oxford University.

Henry Oliver goes on from Lancing to Loughborough University where he will take up a place on Loughborough University’s Industrial Design course, the UK’s most competitive course for the subject and a global top 50 course for the subject. Henry joined the College from Lancing Preparatory School at Hove. 

Poppy Sutcliffe leaves Lancing as one of our Heads of School to go on to the top-ranked course in the world for her subject, English at Oxford University, having gained two A*s amidst a clean sweep of four A and A* grades. Poppy joined Lancing in Third Form from Westbourne House. 

Joyce Tam and Aldo Wai both joined Lancing in the Sixth Form and have been outstanding students. They have benefited from the ability to combine their academic studies with extensive experience working on our rural site with its mixed farm and equestrian centre. Joyce and Aldo, between them, netted a stunning four A* and three A grades. Joyce goes on to study Veterinary Medicine at Glasgow University, while Aldo goes on to the Royal Veterinary College, also to study Veterinary Medicine, both among the world’s most highly ranked courses for their chosen profession.

Thomas Willis joined us from Lancing Preparatory School at Worthing, progressing to an academic scholarship at Lancing College. He is among the many students to benefit from Lancing’s outstanding biomedical and life sciences support programme, gaining a place to read for a degree in Medicine at Queen’s University, Belfast, having gained A* grades in all of his science subjects.  

Nima Zanjani joined Lancing from Lancing Preparatory School at Hove as an academic scholar, an accolade that he has more than lived up to, attaining a clean sweep of A* grades in his A Levels and going on to one of the best courses in the world for his subject, Natural Sciences, at Cambridge University.