SIXTH Form student Luke Cave is celebrating this week after being offered a place to read Medicine at Christ Church, Oxford – one of the most competitive and challenging courses at one of the world’s most reputable colleges.

Luke, who is currently studying A Levels in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Further Maths at King’s Ely, was one of only 154 successful candidates out of 1,468 eligible applicants.

Although he completed the majority of his Maths A Level in Year 12, Luke still has to follow a robust revision schedule, as he needs to achieve his predicted grades of one A* and two As in his A Levels this summer to secure the place. And yet somehow or other, the King’s Scholar still manages to find the time to study French outside of the school timetable.

As both of his parents are software engineers, Luke has always been interested in Science and Maths and has always excelled in the subjects, achieving 11 A*s at GCSE along with top marks in Additional Maths FSMQ, which is equivalent to a GCSE.

“After attending work experience in the genetics laboratory at Cambridge University and shadowing the haematology consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, I joined the King’s Ely Medical Society, where my interest in medicine really intensified,” said Luke.

“While I haven’t really decided which particular career path I want to follow, I am interested in becoming a consultant, but I haven’t ruled out the option of medical research.”

Head of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone, said: “One aspect of the education provided at King’s Ely of which we are extremely proud is the preparation we give our students for the selection of the right place for higher education for each of them. Many of our young people will ignore the obviously illustrious institutions for alternatives that offer courses more suited to their

passions and aspirations. We are equally proud of those, like Luke, for whom the course and the aspiration coincide with the most illustrious institutions, and the conditional offer of a place to read medicine at Christ Church, Oxford is a tremendous achievement.”

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