Arooj Qaiser - Derby College Group

Mature student Arooj Qaiser (24) says she was disappointed to get a B in Biology when she was predicted an A grade but pleased with A grades in Chemistry and Economics. 

These are enough to secure her place on the Gateway to Medicine foundation degree programme at University of Nottingham which has always been her goal. 

Arooj came to the UK from Pakistan in 2014 and was unable to access education immediately.  She set about teaching herself English by watching Youtube and accessed online resources to enable her pass enough GCSE examinations to secure a place at Derby College’s Joseph Wright Centre for her A Level study programme. 

She said: “I have worked so hard – often getting up in the middle of the night – and was very disappointed when we couldn’t take the exams.   

“My teachers at college have been fantastic and I am so grateful for their support. 

“I was so relieved when I opened the email with the results although I was disappointed with the B in Biology which is my favourite subject. 

“This has not stopped me progressing onto university and my goal is to be a doctor.”