Rhiannon McGaw (19) from Grangemouth reckons Forth Valley College’s integrated BSc Applied Biological Sciences degree is the ideal course for those who do not have a background in science, but are willing to learn.
“I chose to study at FVC because the of access courses available. These gave me the opportunity get back into science as I left school in fourth year without a couple of the qualifications required to get to where I wanted to be.
“The lecturers are really good and offer full support at all times, especially with the open door policy and email facilities. This means you can ask any questions or seek support outwith class times and this is very beneficial.
“The integrated degree program appealed to me because of the first two years at FVC then the next two at the University of Stirling. This provides an increase in support and one-to-one lecturer time, which I think is very helpful as naturally a course of this level is more difficult. This gives you a great start in your degree studies. At college we also do a lot of lab work, which builds excellent practical skills that will be essential when moving into a workplace.
“This experience has provided me with all of the support I have needed to build a good foundation for the rest of the course. It has already provided me with a large range of lab skill and will help greatly when moving onto the next step of my career. The lecturers also offer plenty of support and advice on any employment queries. Trips are also organised which are great and give you an insight into industry and what workplaces are like and what kind of employment you can go into.
“I would definitely recommend FVC, especially for people who want to go into science but may not have much of a background to do so. This was a great move for me and I feel I have gained so much already and I’m only half way there. It’s a great way to learn and the integrated degree provides so much more practical experience and a great learning pace.”