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A-level: Exciting times ahead for Northern Ireland pupils off to university


By Allan Preston

Students at Our Lady and St Patrick's College in Knock are already looking ahead to degrees in medicine, classics and business after receiving their A-level results.

Eimear Rogers (18) will study classics at Cambridge after grades of A*, A and A in French, Irish and history.

"I'd always been interested in the ancient world and classics is such a broad humanities degree," she said.

"I'm sad to be leaving but more excited for new things."

Joseph McKervey (18) has chosen Glasgow to study maths and French, going above and beyond to get grades of A*, A, A* and A in French, physics, maths and further maths.

Varghese George (18) has been accepted to study medicine at Queen's with straight A* results in biology, chemistry and religious education.

"It's always between law and medicine for me. I felt they could both help to make people's quality of life better but medicine appealed to me more after I did my work experience," he said.

Shan Matthew (18) will also study medicine at Queen's after achieving grades of A*, A* and A in biology, chemistry and maths.

"I was very relieved to open the envelope this morning," he said.

"In work experience, I got to see operations and shadow doctors.

"Doing this really opened my eyes."

Anna Woods (18) is toying with the idea of building her own cake business after being accepted to study business economics in Glasgow with straight A grades.

"It has been pressurised, but I've got really good friends and family I could talk to about it," she said.

"As long as you don't allow yourself to get overly stressed you can achieve what you want."

Conall Hughes (18) said watching courtroom dramas and competing in mock trials in school inspired him to take on a law degree at University College London with grades of A*, A and A.

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