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UCEA pupils get a glimpse of life as a University undergraduate -
Students in Years 12 and 13 at University Church of England Academy (UCEA) in Ellesmere Port, who are studying port sciences, have been experiencing life as an undergraduate at the University of Chester.
Year 12 students studying BTEC Level 3 Sport: Development, Fitness & Coaching, and Year 13 students enrolled on BTEC Extended Diplomas at UCEA were invited to experience life as a BSc Sports Science student at the University, with the aim of inspiring them to take their studies further and hopefully into higher education.
The students from UCEA started the day with a tour of the University’s Parkgate Road Campus, where they were able to get a glimpse into life on Campus, and explore the range of societies available at University, before the serious work began. The University then ran lectures covering a range of topics, all relevant to their current studies at the Academy, including biomechanics, sociology, psychology and physiology. Some particular highlights were when students analysed the movement of an international cyclist in order to understand better how they both use and conserve energy during a race, as well as a practical session which involved testing human reaction speeds.
Dr Andrew Scattergood, Programme Leader, BSc Physical Education, at the University of Chester, said: “The aim of the day was to provide local students with an insight into what it would be like to study Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Chester.The students from UCEA took part in a range of lectures and practical sessions and were a real credit to their school and staff. We hope to see them studying with us in the future.”
Rob Foster, Cover Supervisor at UCEA, said: “The students had an exciting time and it was invaluable for them to step out of their familiar classroom environment and actually experience lectures in a university setting.”
Nicole Ewin, UCEA Sixth Form student, added: “I thought it was very educational and gave a good insight into university life and the career opportunities that can follow.”