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Amanda Coutinho is studying Access to Higher Education Diploma in Nursing at Merton. During the Covid pandemic, she has been working as a Heath Care Assistant at St George's Hospital in Tooting. Amanda has written a moving first hand account of working in ICUs, caring for Covid patients. Read more about her personal experience on the frontline.

18-year-old Charlotte Carpenter, one of our Hospitality and Catering students, entered the Great Volunteer Police Cadets Bake Off in March, a virtual competition which was open to all Police Cadets across 32 London boroughs. Organised by London Police Cadets, the competition received 124 entries over four categories and we are delighted that Charlotte won first place with her carrot cake for Artistic Flair and second place in the Overall Winner category.

Svitlana Toma is originally from Ukraine, she was a university graduate who had worked for 15 years as an engineer. She moved to the UK six years ago and, after living here for several weeks, Svitlana realised that her level of English needed to improve so she enrolled in an ESOL Level 1 course at Merton.

We are extremely proud of our Health, Care & Science students at Merton College, many of whom are currently supporting the front line by working within NHS hospitals such as St George’s in Tooting, care homes for the elderly and vulnerable adults, local pharmacies and other vital services.

Ayesha Khatoon studied BTEC Business Extended Diploma at Merton and achieved Triple Distinctions (D*D*D*). She moved from India to the UK when she was a teenager and knew little English. She went on to pass her English and Maths GCSEs, as well as successfully complete her vocational course at Merton. Ayesha is now doing a HND in Business Management at South Thames College. Read more about her inspiring experience as a college student. 

Asli Moallin is in Year 1 of studying BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care. She has ambitions to attend a top university and become a Child Psychologist. Read more about her experience of being a student at Merton College.