BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: Education  
News Front Page
Middle East
South Asia
N Ireland
Talking Point
Country Profiles
In Depth
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
Thursday, 17 August, 2000, 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
Prince William makes the grade
Prince William at computer
The prince is said to have worked hard for his exams
Prince William has passed three A-levels and secured a place at the oldest university in Scotland, St Andrews.

The 18-year-old prince gained an A grade in geography, a B in history of art and a C in biology, St James's Palace announced.

William will start the four-year History of Art MA (Honours) course in the autumn of 2001, after his gap year.

The Prince of Wales, who attended Cambridge University, said he was delighted with his son's results and his wish to attend a Scottish university.

"I know how hard William worked to achieve these excellent results and I am very proud that he has done so well," he said.

William, currently in the jungle in Belize on the first stage of his gap year taking part in exercises with the Welsh Guards, had been anxiously waiting to learn his grades.

Prince William
"Delighted" with grades
He was given the news by his housemaster at Eton, Dr Andrew Gailey, who himself went to St Andrews.

A St James's Palace spokeswoman said: "Prince William is obviously delighted and relieved that he has got into St Andrews and is very much looking forward to becoming a student in a year's time."

While in the jungle the prince received an e-mail from his father congratulating him on his success.

St Andrews was William's first and personal choice and he was determined to get a place there on his own merits.

The standard offer for History of Art there is grades B, B and C.

'International reputation'

The subject is one of his favourites, but he will be studying a wide range of subjects during the first two years of the course, before selecting his final honours.

He has visited the university and the town but accommodation has not yet been decided on.

A spokesman for St Andrews University said: "We are pleased for Prince William, as we are for all successful applicants to the University of St Andrews and look forward to welcoming him to our community next year."

St Andrews art and history department
St Andrews: "Nourishing" environment
"He has chosen a Scottish university that prides itself on history and tradition - as much as its contemporary international reputation for the provision of a strong, modern focus for learning, research and academic excellence in the arts and sciences.

"We have every confidence that St Andrews will offer Prince William the opportunity to continue his education in a unique, nourishing and challenging environment."

Marcus Booth, president of the students' association, said the university would welcome the prince with its "customary warmth".

Mr Booth, 23, who studied medieval history, said: "St Andrews is well used to the place crawling with celebrities, especially when the golf is on.

"The union on a Friday night is the only equivalent really to a nightclub environment, but there are 22 pubs and more pubs per square mile than any other university in the country.

Founded in 1411, the institution is Scotland's oldest university.

The BBC's Nicholas Witchell
"The prince has done better then was necessary"



How they did:




St Andrews University profiledFit for a prince
William's university for the well-heeled
See also:

17 Aug 00 | Scotland
16 Aug 00 | Scotland
17 Jun 00 | UK
16 Jun 00 | UK
Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Education stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Education stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |