Top of the world: Kiwi whiz kid nails Cambridge exams

A high achieving youngster has his sights set on a prestigious scholarship after topping the world in this year's Cambridge International Exams (CIE).

Aucklander Ethan Sorrell hopes to soon be packing his bags for Cambridge, England.

"I've applied for a scholarship to Cambridge which is what I really wanna do, the ultimate goal is to get into biomedical research to improve the lives of people really through biomedical engineering," he told ONE News.

The aspirations come after the 18-year-old Avondale College student achieved the rare feat of coming top of the world in both psychology and biology. He's also first in New Zealand in chemistry and physics.

Achieving a premium award for topping the country in three A-level subjects, Ethan says there've been no shortcuts to his success.

"It's about two, three months of just studying every day."

Ethan chose to do the CIE system over NCEA while he was deputy head boy at the decile four school.

"I liked the way it was examined, I liked getting a percentage to know exactly where you fit in rather than an excellence or a merit which could mean anything really," he said.

The Cambridge education system is hugely popular, more than one-and-a-half million students sit the exams every year. Avondale is among more than 60 NZ schools that offer it along with NCEA.

Ethan's father David Sorrell says he has never had to tell his son to do his homework.

"All we do is support him in what he's doing, never ever had to push him, never had to say why don't you go do some work."

High-achiever Ethan Sorrell has his sights on a prestigious scholarship at Cambridge University. Source: 1 NEWS

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