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From NWRC Science Student to Chemistry Teacher

16 September 2021
Holly Miler foundation degree now a science student

Study the Foundation Degree in Medical and Applied Science

I knew I didn’t want to pursue a career in my A-level subjects, so I decided to go to NWRC to broaden my options.

Holly Miller
Chemistry Teacher and Graduate of Medical and Applied Science

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This is our graduate Holly Miller, who studied the Foundation Degree in Medical and Applied Science is now working as a Chemistry teacher at a local post-primary school.

Holly enrolled at NWRC after taking A Levels in French and Spanish, but realised she didn’t want to pursue a career in these subjects and came to Strand Road Campus to ‘broaden her horizons.’

After her Foundation degree at NWRC she went to Queen’s University Belfast to Study a BSc in Chemistry, followed by a PGCE.

Holly says: “Studying at the college opened up so many doors for me and got me to where I am today. The course content is excellent and the staff are second to none.”

Places are still available on the FD in Medical and Applied Science at NWRC – for more information go to www.nwrc.ac.uk/results

Name:

Holly Miller

Where are you from?

Drumahoe

Course studied at NWRC?

Foundation Degree in Applied and Medical Science

Previous Education before you came to NWRC?

Levels in French and Spanish

Why did you choose to study at NWRC?

I knew I didn’t want to pursue a career in my A-level subjects, so I decided to go to NWRC to broaden my options.

Tell us about your course.

I loved studying this foundation degree as it focuses mainly on Biology and Chemistry. Throughout the 2 years, I learned skills in research, essay writing, and referencing, which really helped me when I moved on to University. I also had the opportunity to do lots of practical work in the lab, which I really enjoyed. The support from lecturers was fantastic, and I’d highly recommend the course to anyone interested in science.

Did you take part in any work-based learning as part of your course?

In my second year, I took part in a work-based learning module, which allowed me the experience of being a Chemistry technician in a local secondary school. I found this part of the course invaluable in my development as a young scientist. I learned so much during my time as a technician and I enjoyed the experience so much that I decided I would like to pursue a career in Chemistry.

What did you do afterwards?

Once graduated from the NWRC, I went to Queen’s University Belfast to Study a BSc in Chemistry, followed by a PGCE.

Where are you working now?

I am now working as a full time Chemistry teacher.

Would you recommend this course to other students?

I would highly recommend studying science at the North West Regional College. Studying at the college opened up so many doors for me and got me to where I am today. The course content is excellent and the staff are second to none.

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