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Ethan Chorlton

The Applied Science Diploma offered at City College can be the first step to a huge number of different science or health-related careers. While some choose to use their qualification to find work as laboratory assistants and technicians, others use their diploma to access higher education: paramedic science, nursing, forensic science – these are just a few examples of where this course can lead.

Former student, Ethan Chorlton, is enjoying his new career as a sport rehabilitator /therapist and is preparing to start a masters in physiotherapy in September. Ethan spent two years at the College after choosing to complete the Extended Diploma in Applied Science, specialising in medical science. This gave him the necessary UCAS points to study at the University of Cumbria, where he gained a degree in sports rehabilitation.

Ethan said he chose the College because it gave him the foundations he needed to achieve his goals; albeit he felt a bit nervous about his decision. He said: “I was a bit unsure at first whether choosing this route instead of A Levels would be for the best, but I can now say with certainty that it was 100% the right decision and I would make that decision again. 

“The self-directed learning has taught me how to find things out for myself, rather than having complete guidance from someone else. If I’m stuck on something, I will try to figure it out on my own first before asking for help.”

Ethan said the College also helped him to develop his communication skills; something that is a crucial part of his job. He added: “As a sports rehabilitator, effective communication is vital to understand what injury a patient has and to help them progress through treatment and get back to their injury-free self.

“You need to give this course your all, but if you do, you will not be disappointed with the outcome and where it might lead you.”