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Twins are worlds apart as they await A-level news
7:53am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
TWINS Alex and Holly Coates-McDowall are accustomed to celebrating their achievements together, writes Maisie Cook.
But when the A-level results are released today Alex will be halfway across the world pursuing his football ambitions in New York, while Holly remains in “old York” awaiting university acceptance.
The pair, from Tadcaster Road, both studied for their A-levels at York College, and in Alex’s case, although he had “always been sporty and played football”, his childhood dream to become professional “didn’t work out.”
The college gave him the opportunity to play for the college’s football development centre as well as studying A-levels in maths, further maths and physics, allowing his dream to once again become a possibility.
He was also lucky enough to play for the England colleges team in Estonia and Scotland, an accomplishment which ultimately enabled him to secure the Manhattan College scholarship where, along with doing a degree in maths, he will continue to play football at a high level.
Holly, on the other hand, appreciated the “fantastic learning support” she received for her dyslexia at the college.
She discovered her passion for psychology there and received the York College Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation psychology prize for her dedicated attitude.
Holly is hoping to study for a degree in psychology at Newcastle University so will await her results with trepidation.
She said: “It will be strange not having Alex by my side when I open my results, but my parents will be there to support me.”
Indeed, their mum, Tricia Coates, is very proud of both of her children’s achievements. Although they are now leaving the nest, she says that “as a parent it is all that you wish for, you just want them to follow their interests and be happy.”
Sources of advice on study
Any students seeking further advice following A-level results can go to the following websites:
Universities also have their own careers service, which can be found through their websites.
The Press will be publishing a 12-page supplement on Friday containing A-level results from local schools.
A list of some universities with clearing places available will also be available on our website.
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