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Former student graduates with a First Class Honours BSc degree in Geology


After successfully completing the Access to Science course at City of Westminster​ College, Ismail Amerat, moved onto Royal Holloway University of London and graduated with a First Class Honours BSc degree in Geology.

Why did you choose to study the Access to Science course?

I wanted to attend university to complete a degree in Geology. I previously missed my opportunity to complete my A level studies. I didn’t have the necessary grades required to be eligible to get my chosen university, so I researched alternative qualifications and happened to come across the ‘Access to HE programme’, which offers a route for mature students the opportunity to attend university.

What made you choose City of Westminster College?

CWC was one of the few exceptions and I found its website very informative, listing the various modules that the Access programme would be covering and this made my decision on which establishment to enrol at relatively easy.

How would you describe your experience at the College?

We had some truly exceptional teachers that were a credit to the college and always seemed to go the extra mile in helping us to complete our course. CWC’s Access course provided me with what was initially promised… a pathway to university.

What has been your biggest academic achievement?

My biggest achievement at the college was being presented with both the 'School of Science Award' and the 'Principal's Award at the College’s Annual Student Awards ceremony. Since then my biggest achievement to date has been attaining a First Class Honours BSc degree in Geology.

What did you do once you completed your course, and what are you currently doing?

After completing the Access course, I moved onto Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) to study BSc Geology. I graduated from my BSc degree in summer 2017 with a First Class honours. From October 2017, I plan to continue my studies and commence an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience at Imperial College London.

What are your career aspirations?

I am very passionate about a career in the petroleum industry and after my MSc I hope to get a job in the industry.

What advice would you give to our current students?

Treat your course as you would if you were working in a job role. Work smart, attend all your lectures on time and try not to miss any days. ​​​

Our Access to H.E. Diploma courses are designed for adults, who have previously missed opportunities to gain academic qualifications, so you do not need specific qualifications to get onto a course. Access to H.E. Courses will equip you with high levels of motivation to move on to further study at University level. For more information click on the link below.