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BTEC Applied Science – Absolutely the Right Decision


Female science student

Leaving school after AS levels to go to Northern Regional College to do a BTEC Diploma in Applied Science was a hard decision to make but as it turns out, absolutely the right one, according to Portstewart student Jenna Craig. Jenna, who was a student at the College’s Coleraine campus, completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma with a triple Distinction* - the equivalent of three A*s at A level – and has accepted a place at Ulster University to study Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging.

A former pupil of Coleraine Grammar, Jenna got an A*, 8 As and 2Bs in her GCSEs and an A and two Cs at AS level. She admits that although her AS results were disappointing, it was still a hard decision to leave school and her friends behind. Looking back though, she has no regrets.

“Northern Regional College opened up many more opportunities and the coursework aspect of the BTEC course appealed to me,” she said.

Jenna admitted that she didn’t always want to study Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging but the BTEC course made her aware of all the different options that were available and gave her a love for the practical aspect of science.

She continued:” My favourite subjects of the Applied Science course were Disease and Infection, Human Physiology and Perceptions of Science. Following the guidance from my lecturers, I decided to apply for Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging at university and I’m very excited to start my new academic venture in September.

“The lecturers at the College were a huge help and comfort after making the big decision to swap over from doing A levels at school. They got to know us all individually and made us feel welcome and equal which made for a great learning environment. They were always happy to help resolve any problems and I always knew each one of them had our best interests at heart.”

Jenna added that she had a great experience at the College, both academically and socially.

“It was hard work but so worthwhile when I received offers from all five universities of my choice. I would definitely recommend the Applied Science course to anyone considering it as it is a great route to opening up various opportunities for studying many different courses at University.”