Staff and students at QE are celebrating another hugely successful year of Medicine and Veterinary Science applications with twelve students set to progress to the prestigious degree programmes in the autumn. This year, ten students will take up places on Medicine courses whilst two will enrol on Veterinary Science degrees after all excelled in their A Level results. The students submitted their applications in October before taking part in a rigorous admissions process with their final places being confirmed on A Level Results Day. Heading to Sunderland University to study Medicine are Reinier Soralde and Khushi Soti. Reinier achieved an A* grade in Biology and two A grades in Chemistry and Maths , whilst Khushi obtained two A grades in Biology and Chemistry, and two B grades in Physics and Extended Project. Other successful Medicine applicants include Aakash Singh and Ríona Wilson who have secured places at Hull York Medical School. Aakash gained an A* grade in Biology and two A grades in Chemistry and Physics, and Ríona concluded her time at QE with two A* grades in French and Extended Project, and two A grades in Biology and Chemistry. Looking back on her time at the College, Ríona says: ‘The Higher Education and Careers Advisers were a great help when I was applying to university. Liz Bryan spent a lot of time reading drafts of my Personal Statement and offering really constructive feedback. She provided useful links to webinars and conferences which I was able to include in my Personal Statement. Liz also carried out mock interviews which prepared me and meant I was able to keep calm and knew what to expect. Through the College, I took part in practice interviews at James Cook Hospital and visited Newcastle University’s Medical School. I am incredibly grateful for all of the College’s help and support during the application process.’

Completing his degree at Aberdeen University will be Philip Layfield. Philip landed two A* grades in Biology and French, and two A grades in Chemistry and Maths. He adds: ‘The Medics Society led by Liz Bryan was really beneficial for my application to study Medicine. It gave me the opportunity to speak with other applicants and it was great to be able to practise interview questions. I can’t emphasise more the amazing support that I have received throughout my application. I am so pleased that I have achieved the grades I needed to get into Aberdeen University and begin my journey into Medicine.’

Karam Karrar has received confirmation of his place at Liverpool University after attaining three A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, and Lucy Clennell will study at Newcastle University following success in her results. She was awarded two A grades in Chemistry and History, and a B grade in Biology. Rishin De is all set to begin his course at Manchester University whilst Abigail Mariano is heading to the Capital to enrol at Queen Mary University of London. Rishin obtained three A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, and Abigail gained four A grades in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Layna Chang is delighted after landing two A grades in Biology and Chemistry, and a B grade in Maths. She will study at the University of East Anglia.

Of the successful Veterinary Science students, Libby Aitken will embark on the next stage of her education at the University of Surrey and Eleanor Reed will become an undergraduate at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Libby secured an A* grade in Biology and two A grades in Chemistry and Maths, and Eleanor was awarded three A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

Liz Bryan, Higher Education and Careers Adviser at QE, comments: ‘I am so pleased with the success of our students regarding getting into the most competitive courses of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Their success has culminated in two years of extremely hard work and preparation, and they should be rightly proud of themselves. I wish them every success as they embark on their studies and in their future careers as Doctors and Vets.’