Rebekah McBride

"I absolutely love my current role, and I still swear by Degree Link — I don't know what would have happened if I hadn't been offered a place at NESCol. When people ask me about the route I want to follow within the Police, I tell them I want to do forensics — and it was NESCol that helped me to start it all off!"

Rebekah had always dreamed of a career in Science, but failing her Higher Chemistry exam meant that going straight to university was not an option. Luckily for Rebekah, North East Scotland College offered her a place and she was able to take advantage of the Degree Link programme. Upon successful completion of her degree in Forensic Science from RGU, Rebekah secured a job as a Laboratory Supervisor with M–I SWACO. She stayed in this position for two years, when she eventually decided to take the leap and pursue a career in Police forensics.

Age: 25
Secondary school: Fraserburgh Academy
NESCol course: HND Applied Sciences
RGU course: BSc (Hons) Forensic & Analytical Science
Current role: Police Officer

Why did you choose the Degree Link route?

I failed Higher Chemistry in my fifth year and went back to do it in sixth year. Unfortunately, there were no spaces left in any of the Higher Chemistry classes. I decided that I wasn't staying at school if I couldn't do Science, so ended up calling the College and pretty much started the next day! It wasn't part of my plan at all, but it worked out for the best.

What's been the best thing about the experience?

Meeting two lots of new people! I have friends doing a wide range of jobs now. I found that completing my HND at College stood me in good stead for the work we did at Uni.

What was the best thing about studying at NESCol?

Being able to focus solely on science, which I wanted to do. It felt a bit more 'grown up' too, compared to school, as we were left to our own devices more. I also got the opportunity to travel to Italy in my HNC year to look at the medicinal uses of plants.

What's the best thing about studying at RGU?

We had the option to choose which modules we wanted to study, including the Oilfield Chemistry module for those who wanted to progress into the oil industry, which allowed for more job opportunities.

Would you recommend Degree Link to other students? Why?

Yes, because like me, they may not have got the grades they wanted, but there is still a way to get to where you want to be, so it is a good way to focus on what you want to do.