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Xaverian students gain places on medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine degrees at university

Xaverian students have again been successful at gaining offers on competitive medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses at some of the UK’s top universities.

Between the 27 students who applied for courses, a total of 61 offers of places were received, impressing the universities with their UCAS applications and some of the toughest interviews students face for degree courses at university. To stand out further, students enhanced their applications with significant volunteering activities, work experience and rigorous admissions tests.

Xaverian students with ambitions to gain places on these courses are encouraged to join the college’s Medics, Dentists and Vets (MDV) programme which, as well as providing students with relevant work experience and volunteering opportunities, offers access to lectures, events and webinars and mentoring by current medical students to gain a thorough understanding of the professions and the application process. The final part of the programme comprises interview preparation sessions leading up to the interviews which take place from December to March. 

Former St Peter’s High School pupil, Izodosa Osarenmwinda, is currently studying A Levels in Chemistry, Biology and Geography and is planning to study medicine at university to eventually become a doctor and commented: “I’m currently interested in obstetrics and gynaecology, however, I’m open to other specialities and I’m excited to venture into the career.

“Receiving offers from Exeter, Birmingham, and Bristol medical schools is honestly a dream come true. It’s so rewarding to see my efforts pay off and I’m proud that I’ve made it this far. I’m looking forward to starting the course in September and fully immersing myself in the university experience. The MDV programme has helped me with interview preparation, which I’m grateful for, as well as visiting medical students who went through what I did, and this motivated me to try my best.”

Bilal Munawar, from the Dean Trust Ardwick school and studying A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics at Xaverian, is one of a record five students gaining offers from Xaverian to study Veterinary Medicine, said: “Having to get through veterinary medicine admissions seemed daunting at first, but support from the MDV programme and advice from those who have succeeded in this career path, has pushed me to improve far beyond what I could have imagined, enabling me to improve and use the skills I have learned to help me succeed. To future members of the MDV group, work hard, stay motivated and never give up!”

A Level Biology, Chemistry and Geography student, Mary Seymour from Marple Hall High School said: “The staff at the college have helped me the most, by always being happy to answer and help with any questions I have. The MDV programme at Xaverian, in particular, has helped me and made the whole application process much easier by supporting me through every step of the process. After university, I hope to progress to be a dentist and I’m excited to explore further specialities whilst I’m at university to find out what interests me the most.”

Priyanka Nayar, Co-ordinator of the MDV programme, said “We are immensely proud of our students for their hard work and dedication. They have had great success in admissions tests and have excelled at interviews whilst consistently achieving high grades in their A Level studies. Their achievements are even more exceptional as 17 of the students receiving offers are the first in their families to apply for university. Hopefully this will inspire future students that, with hard work and high grades, studying at higher education is within reach for all students.”

College Principal, Tony Knowles, commented, “I’m delighted and proud that so many of our students have been successful in gaining offers for these incredibly competitive courses at medical schools across the UK. The universities’ selection procedures for these degree courses are so rigorous that it is programmes like Xaverian’s MDV Programme that can really make a difference to students’ chances of gaining a place and achieving their career ambitions.”

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