A RECORD number of Coleg Cambria students have received offers to study medical science degrees from top universities.

The college’s A level provision is in better health than ever, with 14 learners from Yale in Wrexham and Deeside Sixth Form Centre offered places to study Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science this September.

The news comes after seven students were successful in applying to Oxford and Cambridge universities.

Yale student Abbie Whiting, from Minera, received four offers to study Medicine from Cardiff, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool.

The 18-year-old, who is studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and the Welsh Baccalaureate, was thrilled but surprised to receive so many positive responses.

She said: “I really did not expect it, so now I am working hard to prepare and complete my A levels before making a decision on where I will go in September.

“I have to thank everyone at Yale for the support they have given me, they have been amazing since day one and played a big part in helping me get to this point.

“I have an idea where I will choose but was really shocked to receive four offers, it is a tough decision to make.”

Nora Richardson, deputy director for maths, science and PE, praised the youngsters for their hard work and dedication in securing offers from top institutions including Cambridge, Imperial London, Cardiff, Liverpool, Bristol, Leeds, Plymouth and Manchester.

She said: “Over the past few years, we have developed our courses and worked closely with both the students and universities to match what we do here at the college with their degrees and admission process.

“We have raised aspirations and given advice on where best to apply, to become more competitive and focus on the right areas to ensure they are given the best chance of success. Everything from mirroring the entrance interview to looking at personal statements has played a part, so I am thrilled we are now seeing an improvement year on year.

“I am so very proud of them for their attitudes and the effort they have put in academically.”

“We guide and support them, providing opportunities and a platform to get there – especially in terms of our amazing facilities - but ultimately they have shown incredible focus and deserve this result.”

The full list of students and the local high schools they came follows.

Louise Barnard and Jenna Bagnall from Prestatyn High School, Jack Edwards from Mold Alun, Megan Owen, Lucy Williams, Abbie Whiting and Esther Abelian from Ysgol Clywedog, Thomas Kosckinski and Emily Thelwell from Maelor School in Penley, Eleanor Duckett from Ysgol y Grango, Hozaifa Sahi and Cara Bird from St Joseph’s High School, Lauren Harris of Connah’s Quay and Destiny Emakpor from Ysgol Morgan Llwyd.

For more information on the wide range of courses available at Coleg Cambria, go to www.cambria.ac.uk