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Why did you choose Reigate College?

Reigate College is one of the top ten colleges in the UK and achieves excellent exam results each year. It also has a very successful MVD Programme which is dedicated to supporting students applying for Medicine, Dentistry, or Veterinary Science applications.

How and why did you decide which subjects to study?

I knew I wanted to study Medicine at uni and Biology, Chemistry and Maths are subjects accepted by all Medical Schools. I also enjoyed all of these subjects at GCSE and wanted to learn about them in more depth.

How did you find the move from school to College?

There’s definitely a big jump from school to College but I’ve learnt to take more responsibility and and be more proactive towards my learning. The College encourages independent learning, which is good preparation for life at university.

How have you found the teaching and support staff?

The teaching has been excellent, and all my subject teachers have been extremely helpful. They organised drop-in sessions for extra support which was extremely valuable as well as providing really useful revision resources, powerpoint slides and notes, all of which have helped make grasping difficult concepts at A Level so much easier.

Tell us about any College Enrichment activities you’ve been involved in outside regular teaching lessons?

I was a part of the Aspire Programme where I had the opportunity to complete an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). This was very helpful for my Medicine application as well as allowing me to develop key skills such as research, time management and organisation. I was also a member of the Women in STEM club.

I was also a part of the College’s MVD Programme which meant I was supported through the process of applying to Med Schools. I got help with arranging work experience, attended various talks from healthcare professionals and received support with writing my personal statement, taking the UCAT (Medical School entrance exam) and preparing for interviews.

What do you think makes Reigate College a good place to be a student?

There is a strong sense of community and so much support available.

What’s your plan for when you leave College?

I’m planning on studying Medicine at Queen Mary University of London, on my way to becoming a doctor.

Kashish, 2024

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