Minds are like parachutes – they function best when open

College News and Communications
Tuesday, 08 September 2020 11:23


Mariam Ayad, 20 and from Balsall Heath is yet another student from South & City College to do really well in 2020 by achieving 3 distinctions for Applied Science Level 3. She is now heading to Cardiff University to study physiotherapy and has already decided to continue on and complete a Masters in sports and exercise medicine.

Mariam’s route to success was not a direct one. She tried studying A Levels at another college, before coming to South & City. “A Levels have so much pressure at the end of the year with exams.” Mariam explained. “Studying a BTEC forces consistency, due to assignments being set throughout the year. This suited me much better and allowed me to excel.”

When asked what she enjoyed most about her time at college, first on the list was how much fun the course was to study. Mariam enjoyed the many practical experiments, with her favourite module being muscular skeletal. So much so that her original plan to study to become a pharmacist changed to kindle her fascination with how the human body moves.

Other things she loved about her college time included the Longbridge campus itself, especially the gym hall where she would regularly play basketball and dodgeball, the support received from tutors and the inspirational guest speakers that would come in to talk about their lives and careers within the science field.

Would you recommend South & City College?
“Oh yes definitely.” Mariam said, “I already have and my brother is now studying Level 3 Media at Longbridge too. There is everything you need to get on. It’s for everyone, whether you are disabled or have learning disabilities, whether you want to study A Levels or BTEC, or even at university level. Anyone can succeed here, as long as you put in the work and effort.”

What advice would you give your younger self, knowing what you know now?
“Don’t be late or miss a class. Be focussed, dedicated and keep your mind and options open.” Mariam answered.

Wise words there for any student wishing to do well. We wish Mariam much success at university, we are sure she will do very well indeed.

If you want to study science with South & City College, from Level 1 upwards, check out the courses on offer https://www.sccb.ac.uk/courses/science