Record number of university offers for college's Medic students

A record number of Oldham Sixth Form College students have received university offers to study Medicine and Dentistry this year.

The Union Street West college say it is proud to be celebrating more offers for their Year 13 aspiring Medic students than ever before. 

Their Aspiring Medics Programme (AMP) was launched in 2017 to provide students with a structured programme of support when applying for these highly competitive courses.

In total, 18 students have been offered places to study Medicine at some of the most prestigious universities in the country - and four more students are holding conditional offers to study Dentistry.

Of those Oldham Sixth Form College students who applied this year to study these competitive courses, a record-breaking 88 per cent were successful in receiving offers.

Abdul Mamman-Akaaba took part in this year's AMP programme and acknowledged the part it has played in his success at being offered a place to study Medicine at Oxford University.

He said: "Being a doctor has not been a lifelong career goal for me. It wasn’t until I took part in AMP at college that I was truly inspired to want to go onto study Medicine at university.

"The guidance you receive to help you in preparing for the entrance exams and applying to these competitive courses is fantastic. I found that the mock interview element of the programme was both realistic and a great help in boosting my confidence ahead of the rigorous multiple mini interview (MMI) process at my chosen universities.

"AMP also hosts regular guest speakers, who are more often than not former OSFC students currently working as a medical professional or studying medicine at university. Hearing from these former students was really inspirational in encouraging you to believe that your goals were possible and that you could be successful too!" 

Assistant Principal Richard Lee, who also the college's AMP Coordinator, is thrilled with the latest success. 

He said: "We are delighted with the remarkably high numbers of our students receiving offers for Medicine and Dentistry this year. The college has an excellent track-record for helping such students, and we habitually exceed national rates for offers, but this year's figures are exceptional.

"OSFC has a very well established, and unique, Aspiring Medics' Programme (AMP) for our applicants, which helps prepare them thoroughly for all stages of the process, but this year's outcomes are testament to the students' dedication and hard work. We are really proud of them!" 

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