Friends secure places at Cambridge University after triple A-level success

TyneMet students Mark Bal and Carlos Purves who have landed places at Cambridge University.
TyneMet students Mark Bal and Carlos Purves who have landed places at Cambridge University.
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Two friends have secured places into Cambridge University after triple success in their A-Levels.

Queen Alexandra Sixth Forum College students Mark Bal and Carlos Purves both secured three A* A-Levels when they got their results from the North Shields college.

Mark completed the treble in Chemistry, Maths and Biology.

He said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been accepted into Cambridge, it was my first choice and I can’t wait to start at one of the UK’s most famous institutions!”

Mark, who will be reading natural sciences at Cambridge, added: “I was shocked when I opened the envelope to reveal my results, it was a fantastic feeling. I can’t wait to begin my degree at Cambridge.

“The interview process at Cambridge was very detailed, for plant science it consisted of some problem solving and algebra, but the vast majority was absorbed by a passionate discussion about plants, insects and eco systems.”

Mark recently competed in the annual British Biology Olympiad 2016 and was in the top 6.6 per cent of competitors, winning gold at the event.

Carlos received a triple A* result in Physics, Maths and Further Maths, getting an outstanding 600/600 marks, in his maths exam.

He will be reading Computer Sciences at Cambridge and said: “I was shocked but completely delighted when I received my results.

“There really is no secret to getting the grades you need for university, hard work and perseverance will help you to succeed.

“My time at Queen Alex has fully prepared me for this moment, the teaching is excellent and the support you receive is incredible.

“Being accepted at Cambridge was a wonderful feeling, from an early age I have always been interested in computing, I began coding at the age of nine and my interest continued to expand.”

Lee Patterson, head of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, said: “It is such a delight for the College to see two exceptional students achieve such incredible results.

“We are absolutely thrilled for Mark and Carlos who have truly dedicated themselves to their study in order to achieve their dreams of reading at Cambridge.

“I am confident that both Mark and Carlos will enjoy their time at Cambridge and I hope they leave Queen Alex with fond memories, fully prepared for university life.”