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Aspiring doctor’s long wait for university place continues

A top student is still waiting to find out if she secured a university place four days after receiving her A-level results.

The Belfast Telegraph highlighted the case of Catriona Moles from Killinchy as an example of serious competition for university places this year.

The aspiring doctor (19) was shocked when she was rejected earlier this year by the four universities she had applied to.

The former Regent House head girl secured 10 A*s at GCSE and had been predicted to get three A*s and one A in her A-levels. Despite this Catriona had her applications to study medicine at Edinburgh, St Andrews, Queen's University Belfast and Aberdeen universities rejected.

She feels she missed out on a place because she didn't do well in an additional test used by some universities in their selection process.

Catriona was “over the moon” to achieve two A*s in French and English and A grades in chemistry and biology. But she still does not know for certain if she will need to take a gap year and reapply next year.

Catriona said: “I emailed all of the universities on results day. I am still waiting to hear from Edinburgh and Queen’s University but I am expecting it will be the same thing.

“I have just received automated messages from them saying that they will email me as soon as they can. I guess they must still be very busy.

“I just want to know what is happening so that I plan ahead.”

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