Helen Tams, who started studying a FdSc in Animal Management at UCR last year as a mature student, shares her experience.
I started studying at UCR last year as a mature student, with the aim of setting up my own animal sanctuary after I graduate, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
I already have a degree in set and costume design and have worked in the theatre industry for a number of years, however during the COVID-19 pandemic I realised I wanted to change my career path and pursue my true passion for animals.
It wasn’t my original plan to return to university, however I knew a higher-level qualification would help me achieve this, and University Centre Reaseheath stood out to me as the place to study.
As well as being close to home, Reaseheath offers an on-site mini zoo, highly experienced lecturers and a supportive learning environment, all of which made me want to apply to study FdSc Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare) at UCR.
I made my decision two weeks before the new academic year was about to start, so I assumed I would have to wait another year to apply. After a conversation with UCR’s friendly admissions team however, I realised that this wasn’t the case. They informed me that there was still time to apply through a process called clearing and that I should go for it, so that’s exactly what I did!
I was delighted when I found out I was accepted onto the course. My favourite part of studying Animal Management at UCR is the practical sessions we have in the zoo; I love gaining hands-on experience with a wide variety of animals and learning skills which will be essential for my future career.
I am well supported at UCR, the course is interesting and everyone is so friendly. There are quite a few other mature students on my course too, which has helped me to settle in.
My advice to anyone thinking about studying at University Centre Reaseheath as a mature student would be to just go for it. Get stuck in, make the most of it and enjoy every second – you won’t regret it!
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