"Wanting to retrain following redundancy, I enrolled on the Biological Sciences with Foundation Year programme as I had no prior experience, or education, relating to any of the sciences, but thought the course looked ‘interesting’.
The foundation year gave a good all round understanding of the fundamental principles of the Biological Sciences and prevented me from feeling disadvantaged by not having the relevant A levels. It was a great introduction to the wide variety of pathways I could choose to continue on to in my future degree. I decided I wanted to study the whole subject so chose to follow my foundation year with the Biology pathway. This has allowed me to combine modules covering plants, invertebrates, mammals, ecology, conservation, genetics and human anatomy to name but a few.
I have enjoyed the diversity of the course, particularly the mixture of practical lab-based lessons and classroom-based lectures. We have had some fantastic guest speakers who are passionate about their area of expertise and I have been able to attend numerous field trips allowing me to get 'hands on' with sampling and surveying. This course has given me a new appreciation for the world around me and will enable me to pass on that appreciation to others when I qualify as a secondary school teacher following completion of my degree, together with a PGCE qualification, that I intend to gain at Worcester due to my positive experience here."