Tuesday 19th August 2008 by C. Freeman
Law, osteopathy, hotel management and property development are just a few of the careers chosen by Brooke Weston's A Level students this year. Some, like Bex Auty are planning to travel while others have opted to go straight into employment.
Douglas Kerley is putting his A levels in Physics, Chemistry and Biology to good use by signing up for a four year BSc in Osteopathy. Osteopathy, which focuses on the relationship between the skeleton, muscles and internal organs is a fairly new discipline which treats sport or stress related injuries. Douglas is to study at the European School of Osteopathy which attracts students from all over the continent to its base in Maidstone.
Lauren Culbert is another student who is going to a 'hands-on' course when she studies Planning and Property Development at Nottingham Trent. Lauren, who got A Levels in English, Economics, Business and History has already had some relevant work experience as she has helped her father renovate properties. Her four-year course includes a one-year work experience module.
Two students who are both heading for the hospitality industry are Luke Headland and Kayleigh Sloan. Luke, who got a Distinction in eBusiness and A Levels in IT and Business, has secured a place at Oxford Brookes University. He is to study International Hospitality Management where he will learn all aspects of the food, drink, hotel and events trades.
Kayleigh, who got A Levels in Media, Sociology and Travel is to study a two year Travel and Tourism course focusing on tour operators and hotel management at the University of Northampton.
Two students with distinct cause for celebration are Tracey Thurlow and Charlie Aylott who were each awarded Double Distinctions in their BTEC eBusiness qualifications. Tracey is already working at a local branch of Barclays so the qualification, coupled with her A Level in IT and AS Level in Maths will stand her in good stead in her banking career.
As well as his eBusiness qualification Charlie also got A Levels in English and Sociology and and an AS Level in IT. He is now going to Nottingham to do a Sociology degree. He said: 'I put my success in eBusiness down to a good working relationship with my teacher. Because it was a double award it was double the lessons so I was spending a fair amount of time each week on the subject but equally there was a lot of work to be done so it helped to have a teacher who explained the core theory in a way that was easy to understand.'
Bex Auty who got three A levels in Photography, Sport and Business is now in Australia for an eight month stint. She will spend time working for The Joshua Foundation charity and then backpack around starting from Sydney. She will attend a social work course at Nottingham Trent on her return. Stephanie Donald, who also got three A levels is planning to work for a year before going on to university.
Others who are going to study this year include Chris Arch-Jones who got A Levels in English Literature, Business, History and Sociology and he is to study Law at either Queen Mary's or Warwick. James McKellar is going to Edinburgh to study Physics after gaining A Levels in Physics, Maths and Chemistry.
Jazz Elder, with A levels in Business Studies, Sport and IT is heading to Birmingham to study accountancy while Grace Jenkins wants to study German in Manchester after gaining A Levels in Maths, English and German.
Matt Coleman who got an A in his English Literature and full marks in his coursework is off to Bath Spa to do an English Literature and creative writing degree. Matt has already written several stories and recently got one of his pieces published in a writing competition in the Evening Telegraph.
Finally Jodie Midlane, who got a distinction in eBusiness along with two other A levels is setting her sights on the world of work, applying for media jobs locally where she hopes to put the skills she has learned at Brooke Weston to good use.