Hobart O’Rourke


Why did you choose to study this course at Keele?
I am a mature student looking to change careers. I previously worked as an English teacher and now I am seeking to gain qualifications in Biomedical Science in order to find a job in laboratory research, specifically microbiology. The foundation year gave me the opportunity to enrol on an undergraduate degree for which I did not possess the correct A-levels.

What is your favourite part about the course?
I particularly enjoyed learning about genetics, bacteria and viruses in the People and Pathogens module, along with the laboratory sessions. I feel I have made lots of friends on the course with similar interests and career goals.

What is support like from staff within the Foundation Year?
I have received very good support from the Foundation Year staff. The staff are very approachable and are the first line of support for any inquiries I may have. I have received excellent career advice and help with scheduling elective modules.

What further opportunities are you involved in outside of your course? (Career events/societies etc.)
I have been able to choose Chinese and Russian as elective modules, which I aim to continue throughout my degree. These modules will help me if I choose to work abroad.

What are you career aspirations?
I am hoping to pursue a career in microbiology. In the future I would like to work in the field of research.

How is this course helping you to reach your career aspirations?
The course is giving me an introduction into chemistry, pathogens, human biology and helping me to obtain relevant laboratory experience.

What is your advice to anybody considering studying a Foundation Year at Keele?
The foundation year is a good opportunity to experience a taste of the subject before embarking on your chosen degree.