Former East Durham College student graduates as a fully qualified dentist

A former East Durham College student has graduated as a qualified dentist from Newcastle University.

Laura Maddison, who originally began work at the age of 16 as a dental nurse, completed an Access to Higher Education course in science at East Durham College from 2014-15.

Access to Education courses are offered by East Durham College to allow those who may have not previously gained the necessary grades to go to university to do so.

Speaking about her Access course, Laura, from Grangetown in Sunderland, said: “When I think back to the decision to come to EDC to do the access course, it’s just amazing and surreal to think what it has led to. It was hard work because I was still working at the time and then studying three nights a week, but I’m really glad I did it!”

After leaving her Access course, Laura moved on to study Dentistry at Newcastle University. She has been studying towards her degree in dentistry for the past five years, and earlier this month, finally achieved her dream of becoming Dr. Laura Maddison.

Laura will be starting her first job as a qualified dentist in September 2020 when she joins Alpha Dental Care in Chester-le-Street to start her Dental Foundation year.

In the future, Laura also hopes to apply for a year’s placement in a maxillofacial surgical department as she found she was very interested in this side of dentistry during her degree programme.

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