Susan Pearse wasnâ€™t quite sure what she wanted to do when she left Tiffin Girlsâ€™ School in Kingston after taking A-levels in chemistry, biology and maths. The 22 year old decided to take a gap year and got a job working at Kingston Hospital as an administrator.
The experience inspired her to study radiography but she worried she might have to wait a further year before being able to apply for a course. A call to Kingstonâ€™s Clearing hotline soon set her mind at rest. To her surprise, Susan managed to get one of the last places on the radiography programme, run jointly by the University and St Georgeâ€™s Hospital Medical School.
Susan chose to live at home while completing her course. â€œI enjoyed having the support of my friends and family as well as the opportunity to meet new people at university,â€ she said. Now the proud holder of a degree, Susan has just accepted a job at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital specialising in diagnostic radiography.