Go Higher: An Alternative Route into Higher Education
Aysha Khanom, 21, has just completed an HND in applied biology at Westminster University, where she will enter the second year of a biomedical science BSc later this month.
"I want to specialise in the medical field, so I'm opting for second- year biomedical science, although I've been offered a third- year place on the applied biology BSc at Westminster.
"The A-level route to a science degree wasn't open to me because I did not pass my GCSE maths first time. I did the BTEC national diploma in science at sixth form college. This qualified me for the HND at Westminster, which included all the core first- and second- year applied biology BSc modules.
"Some areas, such as biochemistry and lab techniques, I was familiar with from my sixth form diploma. Others, such as immunology, were new to me, as was the more advanced level of thinking required in all subjects. University teaching methods demand maturity. In lectures and seminars of 40 to 60, students' absences may not be missed. I go because I want to, and take good notes because we are not spoon-fed with handouts.
"Tutorial styles at Westminster depend on the module: discursive or set question-sheet based. Those for our 'lab techniques' module - compulsory for undergraduates and HND students - were of the …
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Publication information: Article title: Go Higher: An Alternative Route into Higher Education. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: September 24, 2000. Page number: 12. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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