Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Science Success Creates Dream Career for Budding Vet at Gateshead College

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Science Success Creates Dream Career for Budding Vet at Gateshead College

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A BUDDING young vet is closer to making his dream of working with animals become a reality after his A-level studies with Gateshead College gained him place at the prestigious Royal Veterinary College in London. Callum Hutchinson, 19, from Washington, was considering a career in medicine, but decided to study A-levels in biology, physics and chemistry to secure an essential university place and pursue becoming a vet.

After achieving three B grades, Callum went on to complete the Veterinary Gateway Programme which is the first year of an extended sixyear degree. He is now looking forward to starting the Royal Veterinary College's Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed) course - a five-year undergraduate degree programme that will qualify him to practise as a veterinarian.

Callum said: "I originally started my A-levels at another college, but felt misguided about my predicted grades so I started to look at other places to study. My mum knew people who had studied at Gateshead College and said they had really enjoyed it.

"I came to an open event and that sealed it. It was wellorganised and all the teachers were on hand to speak to me; I got a good feel for it."

Having made the switch, Callum then faced the challenge of completing his Ucas application with only four weeks until the deadline.

He said: "I owe a lot to the college; I got loads of support helping to get my university place. Everyone at the college has a 'yes, we can' attitude, they sorted things out quickly for me, gave me some great advice and we managed to hit all the deadlines."

Gateshead College has recently achieved an outstanding Ofsted report and been named the best college in the North East and the third best in the country. The Ofsted report praised the outstanding levels of care and support from staff ensuring students were prepared for progression. …

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