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Rebecca

FdSc Exercise, Health and Fitness

"I've learnt so much during my time on the degree, not just academically but personally. I’ve built my confidence immensely and can now confidently progress onto a third year of study at University of Chester, where I will be studying on the third year of the BSc (Hons) Physical Activity and Exercise degree."


Exercise, Health and Fitness aluma, Rebecca, celebrated in style at the annual University Centre St Helens Graduation Ceremony with family, friends and peers, as she graduated from the FdSc Exercise, Health and Fitness degree with University Centre St Helens.

The 24-year-old student from St Helens went straight onto the two-year Foundation degree in Exercise, Health and Fitness with University Centre St Helens, using her previous level 3, NVQ qualifications as a springboard onto the first year of the degree.

A busy mum of two children, now working as a gym instructor and a lead coach at Rugby Tots, Rebecca decided to pursue the degree to secure a higher level qualification in an area that she was passionate about, with the ultimate goal of progressing onto a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), to provide her with a teaching qualification, allowing Rebecca to specialise in teaching to those with additional needs.

Explaining the reasoning behind this decision, Rebecca said “after working with those who have additional needs since the age of 18, I wanted to assist those who require additional support to enjoy the things they want to do in a physical activity setting. Through the summer, I was fortunate enough to take up a position with a company called Mountain Moneys, allowing me to work at an accessibility day in Bury where I was able to see the full benefit and enjoyment children with additional needs have when they are able to participate in activities, with support. Without this support, they would otherwise not be able to participate in and to see their enjoyment as they reached the top of things like the climbing wall, activities that had previously been inaccessible to them, was an amazing experience and a driver for me to pursue a career in this area.”

Rebecca graduated, with over 100 other students on Saturday 13th October at University Centre St Helens.  Taking place in the heart of St Helens Town Centre, at St Helens Parish Church, not even Storm Callum could put a dampener on proceedings, as graduates celebrated in style with their family, friends, peers and lecturing staff.

Speaking of her time at University Centre St Helens, Rebecca said “I absolutely loved the degree, I loved the balance of classroom based lessons and practical sessions and the smaller class sizes really benefited me, as they provided more opportunity to work closely with peers and speak to lecturers in every session, whether that was for an informal chat about the topic being studied or formal support and guidance with assignments.”

While on the degree, Rebecca secured a volunteer position with The Warrington Wolves Foundation, working as one of their game changers. Rebecca also credits the degree and the support received whilst on it, with providing her with the confidence needed to not only apply for but also secure the position with the Mountain Monkeys, working in outdoor education.

Speaking about her time at University Centre St Helens, Rebecca said: “I’ve learnt so much during my time on the degree, not just academically but personally. I’ve built my confidence immensely and can now confidently progress onto a third year of study at University of Chester, where I will be studying on the third year of the BSc (Hons) Physical Activity and Exercise degree. This will allow me to leave with a full honours degree and provides the platform I need to progress onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), allowing me to take one more step closer to becoming a fully qualified teacher.”