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Millie’s Story

Millie's College journey was not always smooth sailing, however her perseverance paid off when she received three A's at A Level and is now able to study her dream course at her first-choice university.

“I can go anywhere now; I can do anything.”

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Name: Millie
Hometown: Perranwell
Former School: Penryn College
Subjects studied: A Level Biology, Economics, and Geography


After declining an offer from her first-choice university as she was certain personal circumstances would leave her unable to make the grades, Millie’s clean sweep of A’s in her A Levels are a testament to her determination to succeed.

Millie initially chose to study at Truro and Penwith College as she explained there was “lots of choice” and it gave her the opportunity to study the subjects she wanted.

“There is such a broad range of subjects and the choice of Academies you could join alongside your studies were very attractive.

“I liked how all my subjects linked to each other even though they were different.”

However, Millie has had a challenging journey during her time at College, with a long-term health condition resulting in her missing around 300 hours of studies, leading to her completing work from home and leaving her uncertain as to how well she would be able to perform in her exams.

“I didn’t think I would pass Biology – I almost didn’t sit the exam.” Millie explained.

After receiving support from the College, Millie dedicated a lot of time to revision and persevered through all her exams, and she has done better than she could ever have expected.

Her delight when she unexpectedly received three A’s proved her hard work had paid off – meaning she now has the grades for her first-choice university, as well as the chance to explore many other pathways. She beams; “I can go anywhere now; I can do anything.”

After her incredible success in the face of a challenging two years, Millie’s advice to future students is “Don’t give up and do your revision!”

As a result of her fantastic grades, Millie is now re-applying for her first-choice university, Loughborough, to study Geography with Economics.

The staff at College who worked closely with Millie to develop a revision plan and offer support through her student journey were all delighted to hear of her success:

“Millie has had a difficult set of circumstances while studying at College but has worked exceptionally hard”; says her Biology lecturer, Kirsty. “Her incredible success is so well deserved.

“She hasn’t let anything stop her.”

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