Two Nelson and Colne College students who are aspiring vets are celebrating gaining the grades required to go to their first choice universities.

Callum Evans, 18, from Accrington, and Katherine Sutcliffe, 18, from Burnley, are over the moon with the results they have achieved at A Level and are progressing on to the University of Nottingham and the Royal Veterinary College in London, respectively, to study Veterinary Medicine.

Former Mount Carmel RC High School student Callum, who achieved A*AA in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, said: “I’m so happy with my results! My ultimate ambition is to be a partner in an equine veterinary practice and my qualifications will help me achieve this. I’ve grown up with horses, and I ride and compete in shows and dressage.

“My subjects at College, especially Biology, have developed my ability to apply my knowledge, which will be important in recognising symptoms and making a diagnosis. I’ve also developed confidence and independence at NCC by putting theory into practice.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Nelson and Colne College and I would recommend it because we as students are challenged with the course content, but are also very well supported by the teaching staff. I’ve developed friendships with others with similar interests.”

Meanwhile, animal lover Katherine is also on the right career path and is looking back fondly on her memories of time at NCC. Katherine, who achieved ABB in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, would like to become a large animal vet in the future.

Katherine, a former student of Shuttleworth College, said: “I’m thrilled to have secured my place at the Royal Veterinary College. I’ve always had a passion for working with animals.

“Nelson and Colne College has been brilliant for me. I just feel like the college has great staff who will help anyone exceed their potential – they are so kind.

“I have also made a network of genuine friends at College and I will never forget the great experience of completing the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, as part of the extracurricular offer.”

In 2019, Nelson and Colne College achieved a 99% pass rate and many students progressed on to Russell Group universities to take up highly competitive degrees in Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Computer Science, Law and Economics.

To follow in the footsteps of this year’s A Level stars, enrolment will be taking place at Nelson and Colne College on GCSE Results Day on Thursday 22 August, and on Friday 23 August.

Nelson and Colne College is the number one college in the country for 16-18 learner achievement, based on government data, and it is number one in Lancashire for A Levels, based on progress scores. It is also the number one college in Lancashire for student satisfaction, based on the government’s FE Choices survey.

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