A student studying A Levels at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, in North Shields, who recently took part in a British Biology Olympiad competition, competing against over 5000 other students, has received a Highly Commended Award.

Emma Steward, 17, from North Shields, who is studying A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College was delighted to learn that her entry into the competition had earned her a Highly Commended Award.

A record 5057 students took part in the 2014 British Biology Olympiad, each having to answer questions on the topics of; Cell Biology, Plant Anatomy & Physiology, Animal Anatomy & Physiology, Genetics & Evolution and Ecology.

Emma said:

“I really enjoyed taking part in the competition, the questions were challenging and covered a broad range of subject areas but the practice papers that I did before I sat the actual paper helped me to focus on the areas that I needed to know about.

“This activity has definitely helped me to structure my revision strategy which I hope will help me when I am taking all of my A Level exams later this year.”

Denise Bolton, Head of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, said:

“Emma was nominated by her Biology Teacher to enter the competition and we were delighted with the Highly Commended Award that she received.

“Emma’s hard work and determination paid off and she actually only missed out on being awarded a Bronze Award by one mark!

“We encourage our A Level students to take part in National competitions such as this to help them with their revision and to gather evidence for their university application Personal Statement.”

For further information regarding A Levels at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, contact a student advisor on 0191 229 5123, email enquiries@queenalex.co.uk or visit the website www.queenalex.co.uk