Student discouraged from science graduates to medical degree at UCL

01 June 2015

Louisa Wilson was told at school that she should give up studying science.

After initially leaving education she is now celebrating gaining a place to study a degree in Applied Medical Science at University College London, one of the world’s top universities.

Louisa, 25, achieved the place after returning to education and completing a Medicine and Medical Bioscience - Access to Higher Education Diploma at City and Islington College’s Centre for Applied Sciences in Angel.  After completing her degree her ambition is to study post-graduate medicine.

She said: “I had always loved science and I am so happy to have been offered a place at UCL. I was pushed away from science in places I had studied before, but studying at City and Islington gave me the belief, direction and support to achieve what I have.”

''To be able to set that example for your children is empowering and is something that nobody can ever take from you."

To help support her return to education, Louisa took out a Government 24+ loan which covered her College fees. If Louisa goes on to complete her degree she will not have to pay a penny of the loan back.

She said: “I have a family and returning to education involves a lot of worries when it comes to not just confidence but the finances involved. The 24+ loan really gave me that reassurance and motivation that I could get financial help and that if I achieved what I set out to do my College course would be free.”

Asked what advice she would give to other mums, she said: ''To be able to set that example for your children is empowering and is something that nobody can ever take from you. Find what you love, and go for it! 

“It will be tough at times but legitimising your interests through education is worth it. The College’s Centre for Applied Sciences has put me on the right footing for a long awaited path to learning what “I” want to learn, and have supported me throughout. I’m now anticipating some very exciting years at UCL, and looking forward to a fulfilling career at the end of it.’'

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