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Published: May 3, 2019

Hi kids! It’s me again…

Carl and friend studying

I thought I would write a wee blog on my penultimate weeks as an undergraduate and really what my plans are moving forward. As you’ll know from previous blogs, I am studying Biomedical Science. It’s been difficult, but enjoyable. For the most part of this year, my grades have been pretty good and it’s looking like I’ll get a good degree. I’m currently revising for my last 2 exams in May and then it’s graduation.

I always thought I would end up finishing my degree and going into medicine; but somewhere along the way, I had a change of heart after some serious contemplation on my academic journey. I have decided to pursue a PGCE in Secondary school Science with Biology specialism. I chose this for several reasons; one of which is related to the fact I read an article that cited the disparity in state education compared to private or grammar school. This resonated with me because I come from a very traditional working-class background – where I’m from in Teesside, University just wasn’t really ever considered.

During my program, I became a mentor, and the prospect of supporting students really appealed to me. I enjoyed having discussions with my peers and trying to deconstruct complex topics for ease of understanding and after a few “have you ever considered teaching?” – I started to consider it as an option.  The more I learned, the more I found the appeal. The face of education is changing rapidly, with a national shortage of science teachers. If we are to have a future generation of Healthcare professionals and scientists, where best to inspire young people but in the classroom?

I have recently enrolled to complete my subject knowledge enhancer of 20 weeks and in September I will begin my PGCE which will run for 1 year followed by my NQT year. Eventually, my plan will be to pursue a masters, but I really don’t want to think too far ahead. The past three years went 0-60 in 3 seconds (much like my bathroom scales due to stuffing my face whilst studying).

Overall, I’ve had an absolutely amazing experience at the University of Sunderland, which also influenced my decision to stay. Tutorial support has been excellent and I really have nothing negative to say about my experience here.

I’ll still be throwing the odd blog your way.

Hope you all have a brilliant Summer!



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