A Levels: Ifield Community College artist gets into Cambridge


An Ifield Community College artist was ‘quietly confident’ he made his offer to study architecture at the University of Cambridge.

Jay Parekh, 18, saw he got into the prestigious university on the UCAS website at 8am yesterday (August 13).

Jay, who wants to be a designer, became ‘quietly confident’ an hour before the website confirmed he made his offer.

Jay, of Denchers Plat, Langley Green, said: “It was stressful but I always had this feeling that I had done it, most of the exams did go very well.”

He checked his A Level grades at school. He got an A* in Mathematics and As in Physics and Art.

He said: “It was nice seeing my teachers. It was nice seeing all their hard work and my hard work come to a good resolution, I think that was the nicest thing.”

Jay was disappointed with his Art grade. His teachers had given his coursework close to full marks but moderators marked it down to 70 per cent. He said: “Hopefully it’s a marking error.

“I’m overall happy - it’s better than missing the offer and getting an A* in Art.”

Jay’s artwork has been shown at The Hawth.

He spoke of his passion for design and sculpture.

He said: “The reason I chose architecture is because I couldn’t choose from science or art.

“I want to continue making things with my hands.

“I would love to go into design but not necessarily buildings.”

He said the university’s application process was the hardest part of his year.

He said: “I couldn’t have done it without the help of my school.

“I had lots of help from my teachers.”

And offering advice to students, he said: “Just do your research and revise smart.”

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