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All of the staff at UCS, whether academics, Students’ Union and Support and in the Library, seemed to all work together and know the students’ strengths and weaknesses, which all added to building our confidence.

Lauren Richards has not only achieved the top grade in her degree, but also a coveted position helping others to stay healthy. Lauren has been selected from a competitive field for a key job as an Active Lifestyles Officer with Salford City Council after attaining a First Class Honours Degree in Health and Exercise Science at University Centre Shrewsbury.

“The degree in Health and Exercise Science at UCS required us to study theory and learn in the labs, but also, importantly, throughout the three-year course we had to attain nationally recognised exercise professionals’ qualifications and attend real-life practical placements in exercise coaching, exercise referral and rehabilitation.

“Early in my first year, I transferred to UCS from another much larger typical university, where I felt I was ‘just another number’. Coming from a rural place like South Shropshire I realised that it wasn’t the learning that was a problem but my lack of confidence in finding my way in big crowds of competitive people.”

Building Confidence

“All of the staff at UCS, whether academics, Students’ Union and Support and in the Library, seemed to all work together and know the students’ strengths and weaknesses, which all added to building our confidence.

“Having now been challenged with working with people and patients on my placements and performing practical tests/exams in front of tutors and fellow students certainly built my confidence to a level where now I’m not afraid of the challenges of work and the demands of other people.”