Deciding to go to university is a massive step. It’s an investment in both money and time. So it’s vital to find the right place for you: a university that will not only provide opportunities while you’re there, but also make you feel welcome whatever your background, and help you maximise your chances of getting a job afterwards.
Opening up opportunities
For Natasha Drew, originally from Germany, going to university was a big decision. She came to the UK when she was 13 and found the language barrier hard to overcome. Although Natasha says she didn’t do well in school, she was determined to carry on with her education.
At the age of 22, Natasha decided to undertake the chemistry extended degree at London Met. It was an ambitious goal, as she’d never studied science before. She chosen this four-year course as it’s designed as a route into science for those who don’t have traditional qualifications. The first year is all about giving students the confidence, skills and background knowledge they need to succeed.
“London Met has one advantage that most other universities do not have, and that is the preparatory foundation year,” she says. “It offers mature students and other students either a chance to start again or to move in a direction they haven’t before.”
She wasn’t disappointed. The teaching, she says, was “outstanding, with some of the best lecturers I’ve ever had – along with great support”. Although Natasha had to work hard personally to reach her goals and get good grades, having her lecturers there to encourage her was vital in her success. “The lecturers were always there to help with both lecture material and personal aspects, like further study or finding a job,” she says.
London Met has record levels of graduate employment; 96.7% of all graduates are in work or further study six months after leaving. Natasha, too, found success after she left. She graduated with first-class honours and now works in research and development for Procter & Gamble (P&G) as a technical analyst.
Every year, London Metropolitan University helps hundreds of students find places on full-time undergraduate degrees. You can start a course at London Met in September, but many are also available to start in January. Take a look at our full list of undergraduate courses or contact our course enquiries team for more information.