It is not just A level students who are celebrating their results this summer. Among the Derby College Group vocational students who have clinched university places is Animal Management student Jessica Christian (18) from West Hallam.
She is heading to London to study at the prestigious Royal Veterinary College having clinched an overall Distinction Star in her study programme at Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall.
Jessica has always loved animals and did a level two qualification in the subject at Kirk Hallam Community Academy where she also won a leadership award from Aberystwyth University.
She enrolled at Broomfield Hall with her sights firmly set on studying Veterinary Medicine at university and was ‘gobsmacked’ to have achieved the highest grade.
“I missed an extra two weeks before lockdown because my family had Covid symptoms and we had to self isolate and I had loads of work to complete but I made sure I stayed focused and organised and I am so relieved that it has paid off.
“I have loved my time at Derby College. Animal Management is a brilliant course and I even got over my fear of spiders!
“I am nervous about moving down to London but so looking forward to getting stuck into the degree programme.”