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4 February 2010

Students from schools and colleges across England and Wales have been recognised by WJEC and the highest achieving student in each of WJEC’s A Level subjects will receive a certificate and prize of £50 to mark the occasion.

Vladislav Chiblis, a pupil originally from Russia who studied at Hereford Sixth Form College, received the award for A Level German, sponsored by CILT Cymru's Routes into Languages project  “I love languages because whilst studying them you learn about other things, culture, history – I love history – geography, politics…said Vladislav.   "That’s why I liked WJEC’s language courses so much, there’s a guided study option. You can choose to focus on a book, a film or a particular area.” 

Claire Ruth, from Blackburn, Lancashire, won the prize for English Language, sponsored by the University of Glamorgan.  Claire chose English language A level at St Mary’s College Blackburn after achieving an A* grade at GCSE, “The course gave me the opportunity to examine a wide variety of interesting texts in great detail and analyse their effects on various audiences. In particular, learning about the development of the English language over time enriched my appreciation of the course as it was fascinating to discover the changes English has experienced throughout history”

Eurion Jones Williams of Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig received the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama award for Music while a prize for the relatively new subject of World Development, supported by Swansea University, was scooped by Meg Davies of Ousedale School, Buckinghamshire.

Seren Books sponsored both the award for English Literature won by Edward Keyser of Bishop of Llandaff Church-in-Wales High School, and the English Language & Literature award which was won by Gracie Lewin of High Pavement Sixth Form College, Nottingham.

Prizes for Welsh, sponsored by Cardiff University School of Welsh were won by Osian Gryffudd of Coleg Meirion Dwyfor for First Language Welsh whilst Alice Thompson won the Second Language Welsh Award.

A list of the 35 winners is available on the WJEC website.