Applied Science puts Philip on course for a career in scientific research

Former Applied Science student encourages learners that studying at CRC will set you up for a successful future working with leading companies in your chosen industry.

Philip Bousfield was home-schooled until Year 11 and after securing his GCSEs he began to think about the next steps in his learning. Based on reputation and positive reviews, promoting CRC as a forward-thinking college, Philip attended an open event at the Cambridge campus to explore Applied Science as a study option.

Philip said, “The course content sounded exciting and challenging, which it turned out to be. During the course I learnt how to complete core scientific techniques, something which I immediately benefited from in my apprenticeship. The well–equipped labs helped me to achieve a sound knowledge and understanding and I achieved positive results from my independent biology research project – which my tutors were ready to support me with as required. I also gained an insight into the industry through field trips to Cambridge University Sainsbury’s labs (electron microscopy) and NAPP (drugs manufacturer).”

As Philip was nearing the end of his studies, Covid-19 resulted in the college closure, which meant completing his studies through distance-learning, an experience that he describes as very positive due to the fact that the tutors kept the day-to-day study programme in line with his normal timetable, making themselves available to offer advice and support.

Philip Bousefield
Philip Bousefield

“I liked the way the course had a strong focus on practical science. My tutors ensured we gained industry insight through off-site visits and through the exploration of industry equipment in lessons. Our tutors cared about our future and wanted us to be successful, and I think the way they immediately adapted to virtual teaching during lockdown, without allowing the teaching standards to slip, is evidence of their dedication to the students.”

Philip was confident that an apprenticeship was the way forward in securing his Higher Education and after applying for three apprenticeship vacancies he accepted a position with Cambridge based pharmaceuticals company, Astra Zeneca, working in the Renal In-vitro department. Upon completion, Philip will secure a degree in Applied Bioscience with the University of Kent.

Philip concludes, “I would recommend the Applied Science course at CRC. The lecturers have a passion for their subject and this is reflected in their teaching. The assignments are challenging, allowing students that like intense academic study to thrive. The labs are well equipped, the standards of laboratory practice are very high and there is a good variety of units in each scientific area. In short, with hard work and commitment, studying at CRC will set you up for a successful future working with leading companies in your chosen industry.”

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