STUDENTS from QMC achieve higher grades at degree level compared to those from other colleges and sixth forms, according to a report.

The figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency show the degree levels obtained by students at universities in 2011/12, and also the number of students who continued to study for a second year, after completing their first year of study in 2010/11.

It shows that a higher percentage of QMC students gained first class or upper class degrees than those from other colleges and sixth forms.

A total of 85 per cent of ex-QMC graduates, who went on to study at the Russell Group of universities, achieved these higher level degrees, which is 10 per cent higher than students from other sixth forms or colleges.

Ali Foss, principal of QMC, said: “We are very proud of the way in which we prepare young people for life beyond college.

“This report is very pleasing and reinforces our success in equipping students with both the skills and qualifications needed for success.”

This data is further good news for QMC, and follows the publication of this year’s national league tables which demonstrated that Queen Mary’s students achieve higher grades in relation to their individual starting points than from any other sixth form college in Hampshire.