Amal Hashmi has switched her long term goal from being a Dentist to becoming a Barrister after winning a place at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Amal, who is from Newcastle, achieved an impressive two A*s and an A in Biology, Chemistry and Philosophy and will be studying Classics at the Oxford college.

She said: “My parents are doctors and I always thought that I too would go down a medical route.  However, the more work experience I did, the more I realised that I wasn’t cut out for it so I decided to change my plan completely and applied for Classics at Oxford instead.  I had always loved Latin and felt this course was much more suited to me.”

The first hurdle in Amal’s plan was to gain an offer from Oxford.

She explained: “I had to complete the admissions test for Classics which saw me answering questions on Hungarian and Lithuanian language as well as a ‘made up’ language.  It was very challenging but I really enjoyed it.  I was delighted to be invited for interview and then receive an offer of three As.

Amal said she was so much more nervous to receive her A Level results than her GCSE grades as ‘there is so much at stake’ so was mostly relieved when she eventually learned of her achievement and that her place at Oxford was confirmed.

She added: “I am very much looking forward to being at Corpus Christi, it’s a small college with a strong reputation in Classics.  After my degree I hope then to take a Senior Status Law degree with the aim of becoming a barrister.”

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