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Everyone’s path to university is different and here at University Centre Shrewsbury we’re committed to providing a high quality learning experience that will help you achieve your goals regardless of your background. With that in mind, we caught up with second year Medical Science student Kirstie to hear about her journey to University Centre Shrewsbury and her experiences since joining us.

“I completed an Access to HE diploma in Health in July 2016. Since then I worked in a Primary school - a job that I loved but knew I didn’t want to pursue as a career. I found that most universities listed Access courses on their Entry Requirements, however, as I was applying for BSc Medical Science, most seemed to be looking for an Access Diploma in Science rather than Health.

I decided to email University Centre Shrewsbury’s Admissions team directly to find out whether or not I could apply to the course and I was delighted to find that I could apply!

My first day at the University was in September, 2018. I left that day feeling overwhelmed and deflated. I felt like I had little knowledge compared to my peers and I was really worried about the course ahead. In hindsight, I realise that everyone probably felt the same on the first day regardless of A-Levels, Access courses or any other entry pathways.

While I do recognise that there are some gaps in my knowledge, it has now become clear that everyone is in a different position, with people in my cohort coming from all over the world! My first year has been great and I have gained more and more confidence along the way. Plenty of reading around the subject has really helped me expand my knowledge and I have exceeded my own expectations in the summer exams, something that I’m really proud of!

Going into my second year, I no longer feel different to everyone else because I studied an Access Diploma, which is a great feeling. I feel that studying an Access Diploma prepared me for university in alternative ways, especially the Study Skills module which helped me with academic writing and referencing; a great skill to have before starting university.

My advice to anyone applying to university after studying an Access course would be to realise that university is overwhelming for everyone to begin with, don’t fret, you’ll get the hang of it! First year is designed to get everyone to a similar academic position so use every opportunity to your advantage and you will do great!”


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