Access to Psychology students explore Reading University

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Access to Psychology students explore Reading University

05 January 2015

Access students visit Reading University

Access to Psychology students from Bracknell & Wokingham College recently visited Reading University to experience what studying Psychology at university could be like.

Access courses are a route to university for adults who want to return to education and who have the life skills and willingness to learn, but need the qualifications to enter a university level course.

The students spent an interesting and informative day with Dr David Field, Admissions Director/Lecturer, and Dr Eugene McSorley, Senior Lecturer in Psychology.

Dr Field gave the students an overview of the Psychology course at Reading University. He also gave useful advice about the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) application process, and talked about the best way to write a personal statement.

The students also learned about the kinds of work included in the course when they took part in an experiment led by Dr McSorley. The experiment involved tracking the eye movement of people reacting to dots moving left or right on a screen to show how the eye reacts to stimuli.

Dr McSorley also gave the students a guided tour of the whole Psychology department, including an Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine which is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body, a child observation lab and an observation room with a one way mirror.

Student Nikita Davey said:

“Eugene showed us the high tech facilities they use in the department and the different research methods they use.He was extremely informative and enthusiastic and answered all the questions we had, giving us a much better understanding of studying at the University.”

Student James Best also learnt a lot from the trip:

“Our visit to Reading University was a fantastic experience. David gave us an insight to the course structure, and what would be required of us in order to successfully complete a Psychology course. He also gave us great advice on how to stand out in our UCAS personal statement.”

If you are interested in our Access to Psychology course or any of our vocational or A Level courses as a route to university or employment visit http://www.bracknell.ac.uk/ or call 01344 868600 to find out more.

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