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Investigating Our Futures

Posted on: 2nd Feb 2021

As part of their home learning, Key Stage 4 & 5 students have been conducting their own research into Russell Group Universities and the opportunities attending one of the universities will afford those who progress upon this pathway.

We understand that by encouraging students to conduct their own research, it not only stimulates their aspirations, but allows them to build upon the independence founded in the La Retraite 6 and begin making well-informed decisions that will shape their future.

Below, we share a student’s entry outlining their findings, perspective and self-evaluation when researching potential destinations and courses.

University of Glasgow, Course: Medicine

“Although I am not completely sure what I would like to do in the future, medicine is definitely something that interests me due to the fact that I can apply my scientific and practical knowledge to help improve someone's life. This is in alignment with the NHS constitutional values (as well as my own values), some of which include: commitment to quality of care, respect and dignity and improving lives.

This medical course in particular is ranked 12th by The Guardian, has a rating of 8.7/10 for social life and a student satisfaction rate of 89%. All of these are extremely important to me as alongside this very academic course, I would like to have a very active social life and have fond memories of being a student.

The A Level entry requirements are A, A, A with the typical results being A*, A, A. There is no doubt that these are high grades, however, I do believe in myself and that I will be able to reach my intended goal. I am / will be consistently revising topics in Biology and Chemistry, with much greater focus on what I do not understand. Also, I am doing many practice questions in order to get used to the type of questions that can appear in the final exams.

In terms of extracurricular activities, I have been consistently taking part in the Medic Mentor virtual work experience and have attended their 'Get into Medicine' conference. I am also thinking of applying to their Awards Program and taking part in the Virtual Medical Society”.

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