Former A Level Maths, Physics, Fine Art and AS Further Maths student Georgia talks about her experience at Callywith and studying Mechanical Engineering at Swansea University.

Previous School: Plymouth High School for Girls 

Courses studied: A Level Maths, Physics, Fine Art and AS Further Maths

Extra Activites: Netball Academy

Progression: Mechanical Engineering - Swansea University

How are you finding your course/experience at university?

My first term at uni was entirely online with the exception of a couple bits of lab work that needed to be done and then the second term was completely virtual. I spent both terms up in uni halls, doing lots walking and running on the beach to keep myself active. I'm looking forward to finally doing some in person labs next year!

What do you enjoy in particular about studying Maths?

I found the A Level Maths Lecturer at Callywith and how he delivered the material, the best part of the course. Everything was explained so thoroughly and concisely that it made perfect sense.

There were also weekly drop in sessions and workshops that my lecturer ran that I found extremely helpful and was an opportunity to ask questions on work covered in the lesson or simply just a quiet space to work. I always felt supported by my Maths Lecturer and I liked how organised and structured the course was.

I chose to study mechanical engineering at university as I wanted to keep my options open as much as possible, as I wasn’t sure which engineering discipline I wanted to specialise into just yet. I looked through the modules of different engineering courses and decided that mechanical engineering would give me a taste of a bit of everything including coding, materials, CAD design, mechanics, industrial processes and lots more and therefore was best suited for me.

So far, my favourite modules have been fluid mechanics and design and materials. My materials lecturer is very funny and reminds me of my old Physics Lecturer, Dave, who always made physics enjoyable and memorable!

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

Maths is a key building block for any engineering degree, so it was really important that I was fully confident in it and it set me up really well for my Engineering degree.

My Maths and Physics A Levels have helped me massively at university. A large portion of my first term was going over A Level content so I frequently referred back to my A Level notes and textbooks. Even now, everything that I learn in engineering is just building on the foundations put in during my A Levels.

What are you hoping to do in the future?

In the future, I plan on joining the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer Officer. I’m fascinated by ships and propulsion systems and would love to travel the world and explore new places and I think the current advancements in naval technology and autonomy are extremely exiting.