On the path to Medical School with the one-year A-level programme
One-year A-Level student Yordan Apostolov, from Bulgaria, tells us about his plans for study in the medicine/scientific research arena, and his time so far at Kings London.
Hi Yordan. What made you decide to come to Kings?
Kings has a great cultural diversity and offered a clear pathway to UK and USA’s Universities. Kings is a great way to get a feel for what life is like in the UK.
What do you think are the best things about Kings?
Kings is a small school so you really get to know everybody.
"There is a lot of teacher focus for individual students which really helps with focusing on studies. It’s a nice quiet atmosphere to work in."
How are you finding the one-year A-level course, and what subjects are you taking?
Biology, Chemistry and Maths. So far the courses are easier than described and not overloading. This gives me time to visit London, go to the gym and play football.
What are your plans for university/career?
My next step is to go to university in the UK or USA.
"I would like to study Medicine or Scientific research. Preferably at Oxford, Imperial or UCL."
Where are you staying here – in a residence or homestay? What are the best things about your accommodation?
To begin with I was living at a student house on my own which felt lonely at times, so I asked the accommodation team if I could move to a homestay which they were very helpful with.
"I’m really happy at my new homestay. There’s more social interaction, it’s close to school and my host family are there if I ever need help with my homework."
Have you taken part in many of the extracurricular activities at Kings? What have been the highlights?
Yeah! There’s a different club every night. I take part in 3 clubs. Football, Debate club and Chess. I think chess is my favourite.
What do you think of the school’s location in Beckenham?
Beckenham is only 20 minutes from London and has loads of local shops and many restaurants.
What are the main differences between Kings London and the school you went to in your home country?
"Kings offers a variety of concentrated subjects which you don’t get in my home country. At school in my country, only the basic subjects were available."
What would you say to anyone considering coming to Kings to study A-levels?
I would say it’s a good opportunity to improve and develop your talents. All the staff at Kings are really thoughtful and helpful.