x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Dubai teen's joy as A-level grades earn her place at university

Jumeirah College student headed to UK for nursing course.

Emma Langley checks her year 13 A level results as her mother, Nicky Langley, embraces her classmate, Alice Taylor at Jumeirah College in Dubai yesterday. “It’s what I needed to go to university,” said 19-year-old Alice. Sarah Dea / The National
Emma Langley checks her year 13 A level results as her mother, Nicky Langley, embraces her classmate, Alice Taylor at Jumeirah College in Dubai yesterday. “It’s what I needed to go to university,” said 19-year-old Alice. Sarah Dea / The National

DUBAI // Alice Taylor wept when she found out she had achieved three Bs on her A-levels yesterday.

"It's what I needed to go to university," said the 19-year-old Briton, a student at Jumeirah College in Dubai. "I'm going to go to King's College in London to study adult nursing."

The interview process to get a place on the course was nerve-wracking.

"It was very challenging to get in," Alice said. "I went for interviews, and that's only if you get through the first selection, and then you have to do group interviews, maths and English exams.

"I went to one day and there were 150 people there - and that was just one of the days - so there was a huge demand for places."

Alice will fly to London before her start date of September 16.

"I've always wanted to do health care because I love the idea of helping people in a way that benefits the families and King's College is renowned," she said. "It was my first choice, so it seemed like the right thing to do.

"It was horrible coming here [to get the exam results ] because of the nerves and the wait for two months after the exams, so I'm really relieved and it was really worth the wait."

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