Alicia follows her physiotherapy dreams! - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Alicia Dias studied a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science and finished her course last year, achieving 3 D*’s (equivalent to 3 A*’s).

Last year a staggering 77% of students achieved D*D*D* grade on this course, and 87% of students achieved high grades.

Alicia knew that she wanted to go to university to study physiotherapy, so picking a course that was recognised by universities was very important to her.

This qualification is equivalent to A Levels and is recognised by universities, so it’s a great alternative route into a degree in Physiotherapy. It’s taught me a lot of useful skills like being organised to help prioritise my workload and meet deadlines, and communicating effectively which is essential when coaching sports.

During her time at the College, Alicia took part in work placements to give her some practical experience that will help her prepare for her future.

Work experience is a really important part of the course. I completed several work placements including shadowing a PE teacher in a primary school, and physiotherapists in clinics and hospitals. At the school, I helped plan and deliver PE lessons to different aged groups. Working with the physiotherapists showed me how they specialise and tailor treatments to different patients’ needs.

Alicia really enjoyed her time at BTC and always felt that she was being supported and encouraged to do her best.

The College feels safe and supportive, and I’ve made good friends. You’re able to ask the College staff for all sorts of help; the librarians helped me research for assignments while my tutors prepared me for my university interviews and gave me confidence. They’re always there for you, even if it’s something personal or just going over lesson notes.

While Alicia was a student here at BTC she had the opportunity to take part in some fabulous experiences that she will never forget, they also look amazing on her CV.

One of the highlights of College was going to South Africa to coach in the townships. We worked with six schools and ran a multi-sports tournament at the end of the two weeks. It was a surreal experience and I was completely out of my comfort zone, but a fantastic trip and it impressed my chosen universities.

Alicia is now off to University to study Physiotherapy and follow her dreams! We wish her the best of luck and can’t wait to hear about her successes!

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