"Both College and Uni have taught me various means of presenting work and the importance this has. I've also developed skills in working with different groups and different types of people, and the benefits this can have on learning."
Like many people who choose to undertake a Degree Link course, Faye decided to apply to North East Scotland College after school because she felt like she wasn't quite ready for university. Now, after successfully graduating from RGU with an Honours Degree in Applied Social Sciences, Faye is completing a one year PGDE Primary Education Course at the University of Aberdeen. She said: "I took part in the BP Tutoring programme when I was at RGU and this confirmed that I wanted to go on to become a Primary Teacher. Due to this experience, I was given a place on the PGDE course — and I'm loving it!"
Secondary school: Mackie Academy
NESCol course: HND Social Sciences
RGU course: BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences
Why did you choose the Degree Link route?
I didn't know what I wanted to do when I left school and I didn't feel as if I was ready to go to uni. The Social Sciences course at North East Scotland College looked very interesting and the subjects and course content were all things I enjoyed studying. I had also heard from friends who had done the Degree Link route that it was an enjoyable experience and that step to university after being at college was very natural.
What's been the best thing about the experience?
The knowledge and the skills I have gained from attending NESCol for two years. The variety of subjects within the course has meant I have not only studied the social science subjects, but have been able to develop skills and abilities that I have now taken to university with me. The experience has really prepared me for uni, where I feel confident in my abilities.
What was the best thing about studying at NESCol?
The best thing about NESCol was the guidance I received from the lecturers who were always available to help and point students in the right direction. Having come straight from school, the lecturers made the transition much easier and less daunting as I was never left feeling like I had no one to turn to.
What's the best thing about studying at RGU?
It has to be the resources made available to the students. Having such a large library and online resources, there is so much literature available. The reading lists provided by lecturers are also very helpful and the recommended texts are always available.
Would you recommend Degree Link to other students? Why?
I would highly recommend it as I feel the process has prepared me and taught me what to expect from university. Having gone into year 3, I felt as if I settled into RGU very easily and that the step from college to university came very naturally.