A record number of aspiring doctors at Truro and Penwith College have been offered places to study Medicine at a range of universities next year.
The 23 students, who are also members of the college’s 'Medics’ Academy', have had their hard work rewarded with offers of places, an amazing achievement as competition for places at the best universities can be as high as 18 applicants per place.
Dr Jon Grey, Medics’ Academy co-ordinator, said: “The number of offers gained by the students is phenomenal. They are a fantastic group of intelligent and hardworking young people who really deserve their places.”
Madeleine Barnett, who has an offer from Manchester, said: “When I started at Truro College I wasn’t 100 per cent sure on Medicine. The Medics’ Academy helped me realise that Medicine was for me and showed me exactly what I need to do to get there."
James Brebner, who has received offers from Oxford, Birmingham and Cardiff, said: “The Medics’ Academy was one of the main reasons that attracted me to Truro College. The interview preparation was invaluable, thanks to all the staff who have supported me and everything they have done.”
Alice Hunter, who is holding offers from Liverpool, St Georges and Queens Belfast, added: “The support at Truro College from the Medics’ Academy has been endless and invaluable to navigate the incredibly complex and demanding process of applying to medical school.”
The Medics’ Academy is a two year enrichment programme for any student aspiring to a career in medicine. During their first year, students complete weekly workshops, lectures and activity sessions that cover everything from how gain work experience to learning how to suture, led by doctors and other healthcare professionals from Royal Cornwall Hospital, medical students from Peninsular Medical School, admissions tutors and College staff.
The second year sees students receive intense support when writing applications, with entrance exams and with mock interviews.