Former A level Sociology, Psychology, English Literature and AS level History student Alicia talks about her experience at Callywith and studying Criminology and Sociology at University of Gloucestershire.

Previous School: Launceston College

Courses studied:  A level English Literature, Sociology, Psychology and AS level History

Extra Activites: Netball Academy, Extended Project Qualification and Duke of Edinburgh 

Progression: Criminology and Sociology - University of Gloucestershire

How are you finding your course/experience at university?

I am really enjoying my course in and out of lockdown and I especially enjoy my module where we recreate crime scenes and try to solve them. The university is quick to adapt things so we still get the best experience we can. Callywith was the perfect start to step up to University. I am especially enjoying being a member of the university’s women’s hockey first team which Callywith helped encourage me to join as I was a member of the netball academy. 

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

I had modules about crime in both my psychology and sociology a levels in which the teachers at Callywith were enthusiastic and allowed me to realise what i was really passionate about. Even my English Literature linked everything in together and helped to give background to things. My tutor Emma was really supportive also and would always be willing to answer any questions.

How have your A Level studies helped you in your degree?

Topics from all of my A levels have come up on my course. For example theories I have previously studied or important people. This has been so helpful in setting a foundation for me to work on at uni as you go into more detail at A level than uni. It also gives you an idea on what sort of books and information you should look for that will relate to your assignments.

What are you hoping to do in the future?

I would love to do something that will help people like supporting domestic abuse victims or a general victim support worker and even being a homicide detective! I definitely wouldn't have such high aspirations if it wasn't for Callywith and the wonderful support system.