Life Sciences: Why I Chose My Course

Thinking about applying for one of our Life Sciences courses? Why not find out first-hand from one of our students about what it was that interested them in the course. Biomedical Engineering student, Allen, explains what inspired him to apply.

Why did you choose this course?

Initially, I wanted to become a doctor and work as an anaesthetist to help patients in Accident and Emergency. This was because I’ve always wanted to save lives and I thought that becoming a doctor was the only way to do that. However, during my A-Levels, I realised that I really enjoyed physics and maths, and didn’t want to give up these subjects. After doing a bit of research, I discovered Biomedical Engineering and instantly knew it was for me. You can still save lives by being a Biomedical Engineer, as it’s about creating the technology to do so. It was great to discover this subject as it meant I could still reach my goal of saving lives and also didn’t have to give up my favourite subjects.

What have you learnt on your course so far?

The things I’ve learnt the most are skills I’ve taken on that are extra-curricular to my course. I split my time doing a variety of scholastic and non-scholastic activities. For example, I’m taking part in a current research project in which I work with teachers and students in order to develop an employability toolkit for Biomedical Engineers. I was also selected to be a demonstrator, for which I teach foundation students and first-years on my course a variety of subjects such as mechanics, electronics and maths to help them progress on the course.

Outside of my course, I’m also a student ambassador so I take part in Open Days and other University related events, and help persuade people to join BCU.

From taking part in all of these activities, I have gained a variety of skills, including:

  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Conducting research studies
  • Time management

I realised that just having good academic skills wouldn’t get me very far in life. Many candidates for jobs will have that, however not everyone will have the experience and other aspects that I learnt by doing these activities outside of my course.

How do you get the most out of your course?

The best way to make the most of BCU is by getting engaged in your course. Even small things like missing one lecture can throw you off track, as you may miss a lot of information. Classes also give you the opportunity to ask questions – Getting to know your personal tutors will really benefit not only your degree, but also your career as they can provide references and advice on next steps. They are always happy to help.

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