STUDENTS at Havering College are mapping out bright futures after achieving excellent GCSE grades.
Students – whose ages range from 16 to 61 – are now heading down various career pathways to become doctors, scientists, IT specialists and teachers.
A number of teenagers now find the world is their oyster after achieving at the college despite not having English as their first language.
For others, Havering College has provided a second chance after doing badly at school in the past. GCSE courses at the college are offered full time, part time daytime and evening with the exams taken after one year of study rather than two.
Among the college's top performers this year is Laiba Tariq, 17, from East Ham, who gained A*s in Chemistry and Physics, As in English Language and Humanities and a B in Human Health and Physiology.
Laiba said: "I moved from Pakistan in 2012 and am really happy with my results as I want to go on to do A-levels and then study medicine."
There may in the future be a doctor in the house for the family of Romana Imitiaz, 17, who gained As in Chemistry, a B in Maths and Cs in English Language plus Human Health and Physiology.
Romana, 17, from Ilford, said: "Science is my passion and I want to be a doctor. I came from Pakistan with my family last year and am pleased to get these results in a year."
Classmate Mehak Fatima, 17, from Manor Park, aspires to be an IT specialist and is celebrating a B in Chemistry, Cs in Maths, English and Physics and a D in IT...all achieved in one year of study.
Billericay resident David Buckley is on his way to fulfilling his ambition to become a science teacher after achieving As in Science and Maths.
The 29-year-old was a student at the college in his teens when he completed a BTEC in IT. His GCSE results mean he can now follow his dream to switch career and train as a teacher.
Mother-of-two Natalie Moakes was astounded to tear open her results envelope and reveal an A grade in Maths.
Natalie, 41, said: "Maths at school went completely over my head at all and I got an E. I didn't think I could learn again and decided that I had to do it for my kids. I worked really, really hard. It proves that if you put your mind to it, you can get what you want. I am hoping it will inspire my sons."
A student whose baby was born less than three weeks after sitting her exam has gained a B in English.
Cherie Smith, 37, from Rise Park, Romford, graduated from Havering College with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2012
She said: "I did get my English GCSE at school but wanted a higher grade as I want to go into teaching and it will help progress my career. I have a two-year-old son and was heavily pregnant with my daughter when I was doing the exam. It was hard work but I was focused and put it down to very good organisational management."
Havering College principal Maria Thompson said: "Our GCSE provision continues to flourish and we delighted that this year has been a very successful year for our students with more passes than ever."
HAVERING College of Further and Higher Education is offering a helping hand to at results time.
There will also be extra drop-in sessions on Saturday, August 30th and Saturday, September 6th from 10am-2pm when potential applicants will be able to find out about the huge range of courses on offer at Havering College including:
• Professional qualifications
• HNCs and HNDs
• Foundation Degrees
• Degrees and Post graduate qualifications
• Jobs with training/Apprenticeships
Longer opening hours from 9am to 8pm are also running on the following dates: September 2nd and 3rd; September 8th and 9th and September 11th.