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Women in Science - Marie's journey to become a registered Biomedical Scientist

10 February 2022
Marie campbell


Marie Campbell

Where are you from?

Aghyaran, Co Tyrone

Course studied at NWRC?

A foundation degree in Applied and Medical Science

Previous Education before you came to NWRC? (school, college).

I studied A levels in Maths, Biology and Environmental technology at Sacred heart College Omagh

Why did you choose to study at NWRC?

After school, I wasn’t sure what career path I wanted to take. North West Regional College provided a great course with many opportunities

Tell me about your course.

The Foundation Degree was so interesting, it was very practical based which made me love science again. The course resorted my confidence in my abilities and I gained so much knowledge. It had a wide range of different modules like Human biology, Organic chemistry, Maths, and ICT and with access to great resources like the library and computer suite. The lecturers were so supportive and enthusiastic about the subject making it much more enjoyable

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

I did 400 hours of work-based learning within a dairy industry lab, it was a great opportunity to work in a real-life setting, gaining practical skills and applying my knowledge, I had to do coursework relating to my placement which allowed me to research my work and have a better insight to how it works.

What did you do afterwards?

After my Foundation Degree I completed a degree in Biomedical Science at Ulster University Coleraine and I am now working as a Medical Laboratory Assistant within the Western Trust with the goal to complete an IBMS portfolio so I can become a registered Biomedical Scientist.

What interested you in this career?

I had a great interest in science and choosing a career path in health care allowed me to help people while doing something I enjoy.

Would you recommend this course to other students?

I would 100% recommend the course to anyone interested in science, all the staff were so approachable and the course content was genuinely interesting.

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