Sixth form students look forward to varsity move

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WITH the recent release of O and A level results, students around the Sultanate are busy planning on what to do and where to go next.

Christopher Kang Wei Lung, a student from Sayyidina Ali Secondary School in Belait, said he was overwhelmed with joy and relief when he found out he had achieved straight As in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

With his excellent grades, Christopher plans to study Petroleum Engineering in the United Kingdom. While he has his eyes on the Imperial College of London, he is also considering the Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) which also has a variety of engineering courses.

He believes preparing for exams early makes a huge difference.

His schoolmate Sofiyah Syairah Hj Saifulizan said she was overcome with emotions when she received good results for her A levels. She plans on studying Geology at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and hopes to get a chance to study overseas during the Discovery Year.

Meanwhile, Tay Weixiong, 18, a student from Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College (Maktab Duli) was nervous when he heard the A level results had been released.

“I did not expect to get 5A*. A levels is really tough, but I worked hard,” said Tay. He did Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Sociology and Thinking Skills.

His interest in science may prompt him to read Biomedical Sciences at the Imperial College London or the University College of London (UCL) in the United Kingdom.

“I’m not sure what I want to be yet, so that’s why I plan on taking Biomedical Sciences as it would allow me to branch out. I want to do research but if I change my mind later, I can go on to become a (medical) doctor,” he explained.

Tay was thankful his parents let him study at his own pace and time. He is also grateful for his teachers and friends who were always there to help with his studies.

Another student from Maktab Duli who received 5A* was Shaun Sim Sze Jien. He was pleased when he knew his A level result for Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Thinking skills.

Like Tay, he wants to continue his studies at either Imperial College London or UCL, but in Chemical Engineering. Having a penchant for experimenting, Shaun thinks Chemical Engineering would be interesting as it leans more towards actual problem solving rather than pure theories.

Meanwhile, fellow schoolmates Muhammad Sufi Hj Sabli and Ak Amirul Umara Pg Zainin each received 2A* in Art & Design.

They were thrilled with their results as they said it was uncommon for art students to get those grades.

Muhd Sufi and Ak Amirul Umara said they hope to pursue a degree in Fine Arts at UBD or Birmingham City University, United Kingdom.

Assistant Head of the Art Department at Maktab Duli Armacester Hj Arsad told The Brunei Times the department was happy and proud of all the students who passed their exams.

“I am glad Art students are getting more attention and support from various parties now. It is a unique subject that requires (a different kind of) talent and skill,” she added. The sixth form college offers a variety of media in Art such as sculptures, videos, photographs and ceramics.

The Brunei Times