One year of A-levels at Kings London
We caught up with Gerin Danny Franklin who did his A-levels at Kings London.
Which subjects did you study at Kings?
I did the one-year A-level course, in which I studied chemistry with Adrian, mathematics with Vaslav and biology with Agnes, Adrian and Rizwana.
What has been the best thing about Kings?
There are several great things I can say of my time at Kings. The few that stand out are:
- Positive attitude of the teachers, right from the time I first visited the school before starting the course. It strengthened my confidence in my ability to attain the grades I was aiming for to pursue medicine.
- Valuable suggestions and advice on several important aspects of school life, from A-level subject options to help with my University applications.
- Extremely friendly and approachable nature of the teachers and staff.
- Really skilled and dedicated teachers who are patient and happy to clarify doubts.
- Small class sizes that help when trying to understand difficult topics.
The above reasons, along with the welcoming and comfortable environment at Kings helped me to reach and exceed my potential, while also succeeding with my studies.
What are the next steps for you? Which university are you hoping to go to and which subjects will you read?
I received offers to study medicine from King’s College London, the University of Sheffield and the University of Southampton, along with an offer to read Biomedical sciences at Queen Mary’s University London. From these, I have selected King’s College as my firm choice and the University of Sheffield as my insurance. While both are outstanding universities, I hope to secure my offer from KCL and study medicine there.
Do you feel that the course at Kings has prepared you for your university studies?
Of course. I have learned a lot over the course of my stay at Kings and have picked up several new skills while also building upon my existing skillset.
If so, how has it been beneficial for you?
By means of many class activities such as presentations, I have become a much more independent learner and researcher, while group work has made me a better team player - both of which I know are skills essential for university life. The inclusive nature of lessons at Kings has also helped me become more confident and proficient in my communication skills, which not only helped out in my university interviews, but will also come in handy in a medical career.