Top Marks for Future Medic
Nineteen year old Ben Kent from Connor Downs has got top marks for his A-levels, which means he can now start a 5-year medical course at the Peninsula Medical School to become a doctor. Ben took A-levels in Chemistry, Maths, Psychology and Biology last year and was only a grade away from gaining entry into the prestigious southwest medical school. Returning to the VIth Form Centre at Cornwall College Camborne, Ben was able to retake 2 A-levels on the 1-year Fast-track programme to boost his grades, he did so with remarkable results getting 100% for his Psychology A-level and an A and a B for Chemistry.
Ben chose the new Peninsula Bachelor of Medicine course over other medical schools in the UK because of its practical emphasis and small class sizes a lot like the VIth Form Centre. 'Coming back to the Sixth Form and doing 2 A-levels on the fast-track scheme has been a great experience. It was strange at first, because all of my mates had gone off to University last year, so I had to make new friends, but then everyone else in the first year here was in the same boat, so it wasn't long before I felt settled again. The teachers are really friendly and supportive and helped me stay focused on the task at hand. It shows in my results with all A's and B's what a great learning environment this is. And getting 100% was amazing!'
Ben is hoping to be sponsored by the army for his medical training and has already attended interviews at Sandhurst. If he is accepted onto the Officer Sponsorship programme, the army will pay him a salary from the third year of his medical training on the proviso he commits 6-years to service in the Army medical core when he becomes a qualified doctor.
Alvinia Menary, Ben's Psychology tutor is very proud of her start pupil who is the first from the VIth Form Centre to be accepted to Peninsula,' I'm extremely pleased with Ben's achievements and look forward to hearing about his medical training in the future. Ben is only one of several students we have on the fast-track programme who has achieved top marks, their hard work has certainly paid dividends now they have the results in their hands.'