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Science first for Sunderland College student

When young scientist Jessica Webster received an offer to study Pharmacy at Durham University it marked a first for St Peter’s Campus at Sunderland College.

<p>For Jessica Webster, 19, is one of the first students to complete the BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Applied Science at St Peter’s.</p>
<p>And she is the first BTEC student from St Peter’s to be offered a place to study  Pharmacy at Durham University – a subject that College lecturers say has traditionally only been open to A Level students.</p>
<p>Faye Jones, Science Lecturer at Sunderland College, said: “Jessica is a model student, she’s enthusiastic, she works hard, she applies herself 100 per cent so she thoroughly deserves this.”</p>
<p>Jessica – who has achieved high grades on the course – has long held an ambition to study Pharmacy and says the science course at Sunderland College was the ideal choice to help her achieve her ambition.</p>
<p>The BTEC provides lots of practical experience across the three academic sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Biology, and can propel students into a range of careers, from nursing to teaching, biomedical science to radiography.</p>
<p>In addition to learning laboratory basics such as microscope work the BTEC allows students at Sunderland College to study Forensic Crime Scene Investigations Chemical Analysis, Genetic Engineering and Medical Physics.</p>
<p>Jessica, from Washington, originally signed up for A Levels after leaving school but didn’t do herself justice when faced with examination conditions.</p>
<p>After receiving advice and guidance from science lecturers at Sunderland College she enrolled on the BTEC course – a qualification that rewards a consistent work ethic and removes the stress of ‘one-off’ exams.</p>
<p>She said: “It was the best thing I did, the atmosphere on the course is amazing and I’ve really enjoyed the practical exercises as well as writing up the reports.</p>
<p>“The quality of the teaching is excellent and people who’ve completed it have gone on to Apprenticeships, employment or as in my case Higher Education.”</p>
<p>After graduating from Durham Jessica hopes to become a hospital pharmacist.</p>

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