Luca Andrei Mardare came to college to do A-levels to give him the qualification he needs to go to university and pursue a career in the medical field.
Luca, who is studying for A-levels in biology, chemistry and psychology, said: “I want to help treat people who have suffered physical or psychological harm and with the three science subjects I’ve chosen I’m gaining the knowledge I need to apply to university to either become a medical student or pursue a career as a therapist in the psychology field.
“College is quite different to school – you’re free to express yourself and take advantages of opportunities to develop personally, and you can benefit from extra support from tutors if you need it, as well as apprenticeships and work experience opportunities and financial support to help with travel and other college costs.
“Throughout the course we are required to hand in homework which is assessed and marked, as well as complete classwork, take part in quizzes to test our knowledge and carry out planned experiment to assess practical skills. We also have to sit mock exams at the end of each trimester and the tutors offer extra study sessions to help us prepare for these.
“Staying at school to do A-levels is ok if that’s what’s best for you, but studying at college can prepare you for your future career by enhancing your knowledge of the area you want to work in through the additional opportunities it provides – I was lucky enough to take part in a six-month medical programme, with the support of the college and my tutors, which has improved my chances of progressing into my dream career.
“I’d say to anyone not to be afraid to take extra steps in your education as there’s always something new to learn!”