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Wantage student to study ‘dream’ course after grade scare


Aug 18, 2022

IT has been sixth form student Shannon Hackwood’s dream to study television and radio production at university for years.

However, the 18-year-old, from King Alfred’s Academy in Wantage, was worried when she opened her results this morning that she may not have got the right grades for a place at university.

After two years of turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic which saw Miss Hackwood’s learning, and other students in her year, completed halted – the A-Level exams this summer were hard on the teens.

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Regardless of the disruption and missing her entry level results by only one grade, Miss Hackwood was thrilled to be accepted into Salford University to study her dream topic.

“I feel very pleased,” she said. “I got into university without achieving my offer grades – I was off by one grade.

“It was very stressful and I came out of my first exam and I was balling my eyes out as I thought it hadn’t gone well but I did really well all considering.

“It was quite nerve-wracking doing the exams as we hadn’t had the practise from GCSEs which makes it very stressful.”

The student achieved three C grades in English Language, Film Studies and Art.

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“I’ve wanted to study television production for years now,” she added. “It’s been a goal of mine since the early part of secondary school.”

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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter @Geeharland

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