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James Bellinger

James Bellinger

"One of the aspects of the course I most enjoy is the project work because I can take what we’ve learnt, and my outside readings, and apply it to specific subjects that fascinate me."

I’ve always been fascinated with space ever since watching Sir Patrick Moore presenting ‘The Sky at Night’ as a child, and I continue to be so. When I’ve completed my Foundation year, I intend to move on to the BSc Physics with Astronomy course.

Surrey was always my first choice university and when I had to change my plans I looked in Clearing and decided that Surrey’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation year would be the best option for me.

On the Foundation year, you further develop the maths and science skills you need for your chosen undergraduate course, making the transition easier. You also get a taste not only of the course you want to go on to but also of other similar courses. This means that if the course you’re heading for turns out not to be for you, you find this out early and can change direction if needed.

I’ve found the academic staff at Surrey to be informative, knowledgeable and understanding. The facilities are good, from the labs to the classrooms, and I particularly enjoy using the library.

One of the aspects of the course I most enjoy is the project work because I can take what we’ve learnt, and my outside readings, and apply it to specific subjects that fascinate me.

In terms of extra-curricular activities, martial arts are a big interest of mine, so I’ve joined the Karate Club self-defence class, which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Surrey has lots of clubs and societies, and joining ones which appeal to you will make sure you don’t just lock yourself away and study, but engage in University life too.

When I graduate from my degree, I’d like to go into research. Ideas such as dark matter & energy and the multiverse theory, continue to fascinate me.

 

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