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Leicester teens secure places at UK’s top universities

Thirteen Leicester teenagers are due to begin studying at the UK’s most prestigious universities this October, thanks to their hard work and impressive A-level performance.

The ambitious students from WQE College had been supported through the College careers team and signed up to specialist workshops, that provided guidance with submitting applications to Oxford and Cambridge universities. Run by the WQE Careers team, the Oxbridge workshops took place throughout the year and students were given the opportunity to seek valuable advice from their teachers and representatives of each university.

Imran Mulla, 18, completed A-levels in History, Economics, English Literature, with grades A*, A* and A. Excited to begin a degree in History at Cambridge, he said: “I had a great time at WQE. My History teachers were incredibly helpful in assisting me with my application to university and they were clearly committed to getting us the best grades possible, as was made obvious by the high quality of lessons.”

Confident about the transition to higher education, Imran feels very well prepared for this next stage. He said: “A-level is a dramatic step-up from the world of GCSEs, and in that way provides the necessary bridge to university.”

He will be joined by Bijal Daialal, 18, who completed A-levels in History, Literature and Politics. After achieving grades A*, A and A, she too will be going to Cambridge, to study a BA (Tripos) degree in History.

She said, “I am beyond thrilled to be able to pursue my interests in an institution that thrives in this discipline.”

Bijal’s interest in History was ignited by the intriguing coursework that she was assigned in college; designed to develop students’ research and analytical skills: “The experience of investigating a complex topic independently was both challenging and rewarding and enhanced my skills of critical thinking, judgement formation and devising comprehensive arguments.”

“My teachers particularly deserve praise for teaching the course in an engaging and thought-provoking manner and for the extra support they offered both academically and beyond. I am particularly extremely grateful for all the valuable support my History teacher, provided throughout my entire Cambridge application and for encouraging my interest in the subject.”

Fellow student Anastasia Abebreseh Dundure, 18, will be studying at the University of Oxford. After completing A-levels in French, History and Politics, with grades A*, A*, A* and a grade B in Extended Projected Qualification, she is excited to begin studying a degree in Law with French.

Since the age of 7, Anastasia has dreamt of studying at Oxford; improving her fluency in French and legal knowledge during her time in college. Grateful for those who supported her aspirations, she said: “The teachers in my courses were always very encouraging and motivating. They constantly challenged me and provided a very stimulating learning experience.”

As the class of 2020 begin their Oxbridge journeys, Anastasia advises those wishing to follow in their footsteps to:: “Revise, revise, revise! Treat every single test and exam as if it’s your main one. Don’t be too afraid to ask your teachers for help or to give them extra work – it’s your education at the end of the day and the result will equate to the amount of effort you put in. Having said that though, it’s important to not overexert yourself and work beyond your limits” She also goes on to advise fellow students to “Look after yourself and don’t beat yourself up for taking some time out for self-care.”

This year WQE College celebrated an A-level pass rate of 98.3%, with 77% awarded at the highest A*-C grades.

Paul Wilson, Principal of WQE said: “We’re extremely proud of our students for securing places at the most prestigious universities in the country. As a college we are ambitious for every student from day one and encourage all students to aim for the very best they can achieve. We started the workshops as a way of helping more students fulfil their own ambitions and nurturing students’ academic achievement. We are therefore delighted that so many of them will be starting courses at Oxford and Cambridge this autumn. We’re looking forward to welcoming more students onto this year’s Oxbridge workshops and hope that they too have as much success as their predecessors.”

To find out more about A-level courses at WQE, visit www.wqe.ac.uk/course and for information about Oxbridge workshops, contact careers@wqe.ac.uk.


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