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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Cumbria rugby medic nervously awaits A-Level results in hope of studying medicine

TOMORROW the nervous wait comes to an end as young people across South Cumbria and Millom receive their A-Level results.

University places and traineeships are riding on the all-important A-Level grades.

For Josh Callon the ambition is to secure a place to study medicine.

The 18-year-old, of Ulverston Victoria High School Sixth Form, is aiming to achieve three A grades and meet his offer from the University of Liverpool School of Medicine. He studied biology, chemistry and history.

The Backbarrow teen has been trying to “switch off” from thinking about results day by keeping busy this summer with part-time work, volunteering and spending time with his friends.

Josh said there is a lot of pressure on him and his friends and that tomorrow is the final hurdle after two years of A-Level study.

He said: “I’ve worked unbelievably hard, anyone who wants to do this has to. I went into it knowing that.”

The ex-Cartmel Priory CE School student has chosen medicine to combine his love of people and science. At the moment he is interested in trauma medicine, but he is looking forward to seeing all aspects of medicine.

Josh said shadowing doctors at Furness General Hospital confirmed to him that medicine was for him.

He said: “That’s really what got me driven with my A-Levels, that is what made me want to do this by seeing medicine in practice.”

Josh has been a volunteer as St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston for two years. He spends two evenings a week helping serve drinks and chatting with patients and their families.

The student said: “I’ve really enjoyed it and the experience has been invaluable. The hospice have been fantastic with me.”

The Ulverston rugby player has also been a medic with his club. Speaking about his time at UVHS, Josh said: “It’s a fantastic sixth form. I’ve really enjoyed it and had great teachers.”

  • The Evening Mail will be bringing you live updates online tomorrow from 9.00am and eight pages of results in Friday's newspaper.
  • You can tweet about your results or send messages to students in our online coverage by tweeting with the hashtag #emexams
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