“With a leap of faith, hard work and a good support system, your goals are attainable.”

A level student, Amy Calverley, is over the moon about her conditional offer from the University of Cambridge. 

We caught up with Amy to hear all about her experience at sixth form and the journey that led her to this remarkable achievement.

What courses are you studying? 

I study A level English Language, Politics and Philosophy.

What made you decide to study these courses? 

I chose these courses because I enjoy hearing diverse perspectives. As a result, humanities subjects at A level are the best way to broaden your horizons.

How have you found your courses?

At times, I have found aspects of the courses somewhat challenging. However, with consistency and help from my tutors, I’ve grown to enjoy my subjects and develop a deep understanding of concepts.

Did you face any barriers throughout your educational journey that you have overcome?

I have faced many barriers in my educational journey. Facing bullying at high school led me to become homeschooled. Whilst home education has its benefits, I have not had the most conventional background in comparison to others.

How have you found the support from your tutors? 

My tutors at college have been very supportive throughout my journey. Whether I wish to discuss my subjects, university applications or any concerns, there’s always somebody available to talk to.

What’s your favourite thing about Leeds Sixth Form College?

My favourite aspect of Leeds Sixth Form is the independence that you develop here. The college helps you become an independent thinker and learner, which prepares you well for life in the ‘real world’.

What are your plans after sixth form?

I am extremely pleased to have received a conditional offer from the University of Cambridge to study Human, Social and Political Sciences, so that is where I intend to be after A levels.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to study A levels?

As cliché as it may sound, my advice to anyone starting A levels is to just believe in yourself. Considering my background, I didn’t expect to get anywhere with my Cambridge application. 

However, I’m living proof that with a leap of faith, hard work and a good support system, your goals are attainable.

We hope Amy’s story inspires others to take that leap no matter the obstacles they may face. Take a look at our courses here.