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GCSE success a big step towards student’s veterinary medicine dream

9th October 2019 – Tags: A Levels, FE Awards, Phoenix Aspire

The 2019 FE Award for Outstanding Commitment in Academic Progression (GCSE's), sponsored by Norwich City Council, was presented to Emma Hamilton, who achieved outstanding results in the four GCSEs she studied through the college’s Phoenix Aspire programme.

Phoenix Aspire gives students the opportunity to gain the GCSEs they need to progress on to their chosen pathway at level 3.  It is can be a springboard for students whose journeys have not followed a traditional route, such as those who have been home educated.

This was the case for Emma, who took four GCSEs with Phoenix Aspire – in Maths, English and Combined Science – in order to add to the qualifications she had already gained and move towards her ultimate aim of studying veterinary medicine.

Emma was praised by her GCSE teachers for her own individual achievements, but also the positive impact she had on her fellow students: 

Not only did Emma contribute to Progression time, competitions, and any events throughout the year, but she also persevered with any difficulties and worked hard. Her positive attitude helped to encourage others. She certainly deserves the outstanding grades she achieved and is a shining example for the GCSE courses we offer.”

Emma’s high grades have paved the way for her to join the Sixth Form Centre at City College Norwich, where she is now studying A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Reflecting on her experience on Phoenix Aspire, Emma said:

It was brilliant. I just love the atmosphere at City College. There are so many opportunities and the teachers were amazing. I made lots of friends, they were a lovely bunch on the course, and thoroughly enjoyed the classes. The teachers were very supportive, always challenging us to take the next step.”