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A-level students graduate from Seren’s university-level MAT programme

Coleg Sir Gâr A-level students who took part in a more able and talented programme have completed a university level project working with PhD students in academically-led sessions.

Students were allocated an area of study relevant to their A-level subjects and took part in study sessions then wrote a university-style assignment.

Three students from five were awarded first-class honours grades including Keona Davies who studied ‘your genetics or environment factors, what has a greater impact on the human body?’.

Jessica Marshall who is aspiring to study medicine, study a PhD and possibly specialise in forensic pathology, studied ‘cancer genetics: what is the role of personalised medicine in cancer care?’. “This was a chance to be tutored at university level by leading academics,” she said.  “Seren gave me a taste of a university learning style including Oxford referencing and the prospect of studying at university is a little less daunting now.”

She also studied other areas within the medical field such as ‘how important is genetic data when determining the appropriate treatment course for a patient?’ and ‘what other approaches or considerations should be made before making a final decision on patient treatment?’. 

Maegan Stanlake-Jones took part in sessions that looked at the international space station and the history and knowledge surrounding it.  She said: “A particular area of my dissertation was highlighted which was my innovative idea to additionally research into the drawbacks and eco friendliness of the space stations and rockets as it wasn’t mentioned during the sessions but it was a key section I wanted to develop.”

Iris Lander who is studying A-levels in psychology, biology, chemistry and French, worked with a PhD psychology student and analysed the factors behind fake news.

Angharad Mansfield, A2AS programme coordinator and lead tutor said: “We want our students to take advantage of every opportunity offered to them.

“The Seren network and The Brilliant Club - which we are also involved with, are ideal ways of exploring and analysing academic subjects and gaining a better understanding of university-level work.”

Seren is a Welsh Government initiative dedicated to helping Wales’ brightest students achieve their full academic potential and support their education pathway into leading universities in Wales, the UK, and overseas.

It is available to year eight to Year 13 students from comprehensive schools and further education colleges across Wales, regardless of economic background, personal situation, or location.