Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons), 3rd year
What were the benefits of the PARTNERS Programme for you?
The programme took a huge amount of pressure off my shoulders, I was concerned that I might not get the grades I needed to get into university so the lower grades offered through PARTNERS really relaxed me. It turned out that I didn't even need the lower grade offer, I got the grades I needed regardless; but that may not have been the case if it weren't for the offer in the first place that relaxed me so much.
What did you enjoy most about the Assessed Summer School?
I really enjoyed the opportunity to work in the labs at the University. It was a completely different experience to what I had at college. I gained valuable experience in basic lab techniques and just the general layout of the University. By the time actual university came around, I felt that I had a certain edge over the other students because these were skills I now had previous experience of that others didn't. I also had the chance to meet and talk to other students on the PARTNERS course, so there were a few familiar faces when the time came to start the course.
If you could give advice or tips to a new PARTNERS student what would it be?
If you're thinking about it, go for it, it's not an opportunity to be missed. You'll get valuable experience and meet new people who may end up being your best friends. Giving yourself a chance to experience a small part of university life before being thrown in at the deep end is really valuable!
Do you think you have had any advantages over non-PARTNERS students during your time at University?
I do. When university started I had been in the building before - I knew exactly where my building was located, and exactly where certain labs and lecture halls were before starting. I felt more confident on my first day than other non-PARTNERS students, as I had already had a taste of what it was going to be like.