"It’s a happy place to study.” | Helia Reviews Applied Science at CAS

28 October 2019

Now in her second year at the Centre for Applied Sciences, Helia is currently planning for a career in cardiology. Earlier this year we sat down to talk about college, work and everything in-between, aiming to get a better idea of what makes a City and Islington College student special.

“I chose this college because of the environment,” Helia tells us. The soon-to-be specialist joined us in 2017 on a Level 2 course in Applied Science and has since progressed to a two year course in Applied Medical Science.

She adds: “The atmosphere of this big college and the teachers that interviewed me played a big part in the decision. I really liked the college and decided to stay on for my Level 3.”

For most, the most straight-forward route into medicine is through school Sixth Form, stepping up from GCSEs to A Levels and then progressing onto Higher Education at university. For Helia, however, an Extended Diploma in Applied Science offered a more comprehensive basis to work from.

“The best thing about my course is that it’s all about science; there’s a good balance of practical work, plus learning about all the inner-workings of the human body.

“This study programme has also allowed me to better understand what careers I can access through my course. There are many reasons why you might want to take a course in Biology or Physics or Chemistry, but Applied Medical Science really focuses your thought on the discipline, the methods, the career…

“The college has good ties with local institutions, especially for what I want to do. One of the opportunities I have had the chance to do is work experience at Islington Medical Centre, organised through the college. It was really great! I was there for a week and it gave me the opportunity to see that this is what I really want to do in the future.”

Helia joins us from a traditional school background and has learnt to appreciate the freedom and responsibility that comes with being a College student.

“It’s different to school because you have more opportunities. You have more freedom. You can be yourself more because people are more mature because they’ve made the decision to change from high-school into a different, academic environment. I think people are more grown up. There’s less bullying and more acceptance, which makes work and expression easier.

“Teachers are very friendly, too. Everyone is at least 16 so you are treated more like an adult. They are all very kind and rich in knowledge. Every time I ask a question they always have a good answer, and if I have a suggestion they always listen and take it into consideration.

“In a word? It’s a happy place to study.”


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