A student from Queen Alex Sixth Form has received a scholarship offer to join the British Army as an Officer.

Queen Alex student, Jacob Shotton has had his dream of joining the Army realised after receiving an offer for an Army Officer scholarship: “I’m delighted to have been offered a place to train as an Army Officer. From a young age I’ve always known what I wanted to do. I joined the North Shields cadets at 13, it’s such a great way to meet friends in a fun yet challenging environment whilst gaining military experience – it’s helped me to get a head start by re-affirming my career aspirations. Completing my A Levels was important to me because I wanted to ensure I had a good set of recognised qualifications to support my Army Officer application in subject areas that would support my career.”

Jacob who is studying also said: “I’m now in my second year at Queen Alex studying my A Levels and it’s been the one of the best things I’ve done. The teachers and pastoral tutors at Queen Alex are really supportive and helped me through the very competitive and rigorous application process.  The application takes around 7 months and is a combination of both academic and physical assessments – so you have to be well prepared and ready for it.”

Jacob added: “I really have enjoyed my time at sixth form - being a student at Queen Alex has developed my life skills, there’s so many opportunities to take advantage of to help your career choices.  I also play for the men’s football team in the College’s North East Sports Academy and have definitely made the most of the sports, fitness and training facilities in the College’s Flex Fitness Gym.”

Jacob beat stiff competition for the offer - over 80% of Army Officers begin their training after University with a small exception being taken on after completing A Levels. Jacob who will commence the Officer training programme at Sandhurst which covers military, academic and academic subjects. As part of the scholarship programme, Jacob will also complete a degree at the University of his choice, in which he hopes to study Sports Science.

Head of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form, Lee Patterson said: “Jacob is a very talented, hard working student who truly goes above and beyond. He is becoming a very well rounded young gentleman and a credit to the College. We are delighted with the news of the scholarship and wish Jacob every success for the future.”

The next sixth form open event is on the 8th December, 4.30 -7pm, find out more from course advisors and current students about studying A Levels at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College for September 2016  – visit www.queenalex.co.uk or call 0191 229 5123 for more information. campus on Hawkeys Lane, North Shields.