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21st August 2017

Many St Brendan’s students will have dreamt of attending Oxford or Cambridge Universities since a young age, but for Mohammad Kordzanganeh, a top Russell Group university never even crossed his mind.

Mohammad is one of St Brendan’s international students who was granted a scholarship, and his physical and personal journey through to A-level Results Day is quite a story!



Mohammad is from Iran and started his post-16 education in Russia, where he did a foundation year studying Artificial Intelligence. After completing the course, he decided to come to the UK to study, and so joined the City of Bristol College to take his A-levels. Unfortunately, mid-way through his studies, the College lost their international student license and so Mohammad found himself in the difficult situation of trying to find somewhere else to complete his studies.

“Since coming to the UK, I always knew I wanted to go to University” said Mohammad on Thursday after collecting his fantastic results. However, top Russell Group institutions were never on his agenda.

"When I came to St Brendan's, I found the teaching was really amazing and the enthusiasm from the teachers was fantastic. They are so keen for students to progress on to the best places available to them."


Mohammad was placed onto the College's Advanced Graduate Programme, which encouraged him to aim high and consistantly challenge himself. Thanks to some self-confidence development and some very encouraging teachers, Mohammad decided to apply for Oxford University to study Physics!

Mohammad worked hard throughout his time at College; studying a rigorous timetable of Physics, Maths, Computer Science and Further Maths. And so from Iran to Russia to Bristol and on to Oxford, Thursday marked the end of Mohammad’s post-16 journey – when he opened the envelope to reveal 3A*s and an A!