Former Level 3 Sport Diploma student Alex talks about his experience at Callywith and studying Exercise and Sport Science BSc at Exeter University.

Previous School: Wadebridge School

Courses studied: BTEC Level 3 Sport DIploma

Progression: Exercise and Sport Science BSc - Exeter University

How are you finding your course/experience at uni?

University so far has been the best experience, my course is very interesting and rewarding, it covers a range of modules that are lecture theatre based or take place as practical lab sessions. modules that have stood out for me so far are Human Physiology, Anatomy and Kinanthropometry and Sports Psychology. University life in general is fantastic too, attending societies and socials always keeps me busy. 

How did your time at Callywith influence and support your choice of/transition to university?

I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive College than Callywith. All my lecturers were very helpful and thorough in the process of deciding my future University. The College really made me believe in myself, that i was able to achieve whatever i set out to accomplish. the continued support from my tutor and lecturers enabled me to go for / succeed in getting a place at the University of Exeter.

What did you enjoy in particular about studying the Sport Diploma?

The level 3 sport diploma at Callywith was very enjoyable. One of the best things about the course for me was the constant interchange between practical and non practical sessions. i found this engaged me more as you can apply what your learning in class to practical scenarios. as a result of this, it also helped my understanding.

Why you chose to study your uni course?

I decided to study Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Exeter because a lot of the content within the course aligned with a lot of my own interests, to which i wanted a more in depth knowledge and understanding. (e.g., Physiological adaptations to exercise) in addition to this reading about postgraduate employment with this degree made it a clear choice for me. 

How has your diploma helped you in your degree?

The Diploma for me was the perfect stepping stone to Higher Education. The Course introduced to me the concept of having to prepare for exams and meet deadlines for coursework, without this experience i would’ve found my transition to Exeter a lot harder. 

What are you hoping to do in the future?

As of now, my main interest for the future is a career in teaching, i have recently chosen ‘learning and teaching in physical education’ as a module for my second year in the hope to further my knowledge and understanding of teaching.