Ping Hei Cheng (Jacky) studied A-levels at Kings before progressing to Queen's University Belfast (#16 for Medicine) to complete a Medical degree.
He talked to us about choosing his university, and how Kings helped him get there.
Why did you choose this university and this course?
Being a doctor has always been meaningful for me — they save lives, they diagnose disease and offer treatments to patients, helping them to get back to living healthy lives.
Why did you choose this university?
It’s one of the most recognised universities in the UK, and it is one of the 15 most beautiful universities in the world! That’s why I chose Queen's University Belfast.
"Being a doctor has always been meaningful for me – they save lives, they diagnose disease and offer treatments to patients, helping them to get back to living healthy lives."
How did Kings help you get here?
When I was applying for university they asked me to submit a personal statement, explaining what I wanted to study. The teachers at Kings helped me — they gave me ideas when I was struggling and helped me correct my mistakes after I'd finished writing it. They also helped me to call the universities and ask for decisions when I was waiting for offers.
What was it like getting your A-level results?
I got two A*s and two As at A-level. They were A*s in Maths, Chemistry and As in Physics and Biology. I got the offer very late, it was right before the start of the holidays. I was really excited when I got the offer from this university because I it meant I can finally become a doctor and do what I want to do.
"I was really excited when I got the offer from this university because I it meant I can finally become a doctor and do what I want to do."
What’s it like to be a UK university student?
Even though I’m an international student from Hong Kong, I think everyone knows that medical school is tough. I have at least 4 hours of lectures a day. I don’t get many holidays but I’m enjoying university life because I’m studying what I want to study.
What are your plans after university?
After 5 years of medical school I’ll be training in a hospital as a junior doctor and then after 2 years training I can become a fully qualified doctor. Then I may go into some specialities, but I haven’t thought about this yet.