Shannon – Bishop Grosseteste University

Shannon Frayne, 22

Shannon visited Bishop Grosseteste University on more than one occasion, and decided to study Psychology and Special Education Needs there.

What research did you carry out to help you choose which universities to apply to?

I mainly researched using the UCAS website itself, finding out the entry grades and which universities offered which courses. I also attended a UCAS fair so I could actually talk to these universities in person to get a better feel for the university. Once I had decided on a handful, I then went to the open days at the universities.

Where did you go for help and support throughout the application process?

The UCAS website was really helpful throughout the whole process. The videos were really helpful to give myself more confidence in that I was filling out the application correct.

Which factors made you finally settle on your chosen course and university?

From going to the open days, I preferred the feel of the smaller campuses as it had a more community feel to the university. Also, not many universities offered the combinations of a joint honours degree so the flexibility in the courses which were offered I preferred.

Did you go to an open day?

Yes, I actually came to BGU twice to reassure myself that this was the place I wanted to study.

Did you find a place to live easily?

I did not have to look at accommodation as I live close enough to the university to commute.

How has your time at university been? Has it delivered what you were looking for and are you happy? 

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at BGU. The support that the university offers has gone beyond my expectations. I presumed that as I am studying at a higher-level I would not receive any support but that is not the case. I am happy at BGU.

How has the university supported or changed your career ambitions?

During my time at BGU I have been on a variety of placements which has opened my eyes to the career paths I could follow. Originally, I intended to become a primary school teacher, but through placements although I enjoyed going into primary schools, I discovered I loved other aspects of supporting students through Psychology. I have applied to do a master's in Applied Child Psychology for next year.

What advice would you give to others who are starting to go through the same process?

Don’t feel afraid to ask questions. I felt quite nervous on open days as I didn’t feel confident to talk to staff. But they are there to help, so keep emailing or even going back to them and ask questions so you know what to expect from the university. Also, don’t feel put off by living at home. Living at home whilst studying has been the best thing for me personally. I still have a great social life and have made great friends.