For Rhys Callow the biggest battle was to get onto his A-levels in the first place.
The 18-year-old from Bury St Edmunds suffers from narcolepsy and kept on falling asleep during his GCSEs.
“I didn’t think I’d be able to make my GCSE let alone A-levels,” he said.
“I wasn’t here for most of my GCSE year. I had to do my exams on my own.
“I had to have a bed in my exams – I fell asleep during most of my exams. I had an assessor with me and so when I woke up the clock would start and I would carry on. I was given the same time as everybody else.
“Sometimes I was asleep for 20 minutes, sometimes an hour.”
But the King Edward VI school pupil made the grade and is now on medication.
Today (15) he was celebrating getting into Nottingham Trent University to read graphic design having gained an A* two A grades and a B in his A-levels.
“It is a relief,” he said. “I didn’t really know what to expect this morning.
“The school has been really good to me.”
He is among the top 60 A-level pupils at the school enjoying a free curry lunch courtesy of Valley Connection in Churchgate Street.
Headteacher Geoff Barton said he is a regular there and the restaurant offered the celebratory lunch.