From one-year A-level to a Medical Engineering degree
Pantea Hassannia from Iran completed the one-year A-level programme at Kings London before starting a degree in Medical Engineering at the University of Surrey. We caught up with her at the university to find out about her studies so far, and how her time at Kings has most helped.
Hi Pantea. What is the degree course that you are studying and why did you decide on this subject?
I’m currently studying Medical Engineering, and the reason I chose this subject is because it’s the perfect middle ground between medicine and engineering, which are subjects that have been the most fascinating to me ever since I was old enough to consider my plans for my future.
How are you finding university life so far? Is it what you expected?
I have to say that it’s already much more enjoyable than I ever expected it to be, and it’s quite different than what I had expected it to be.
What are you enjoying most about your course?
Honestly I can’t think of anything specific, I just generally enjoy everything I’m learning.
How have your studies at Kings helped you so far? Are there any skills in particular which are coming in useful for studying Medical Engineering?
I would say the physics I learned at Kings has been the most useful to me so far, as it has made understanding lectures much easier. Kings’ mathematics also helped build a good foundation for my current lectures.
Do you like your university? How does it compare to where you studied with Kings?
I definitely do love it here; I have to say it’s very different from my time at Kings. It’s a much larger environment than what you’d experience at Kings, but the social experience you get in Kings helps a lot when you’re trying to meet new people in university. University life is also so much more independent than what you’d experience at Kings, both academically and personally, especially if you lived with a host family. You have to spend a lot more hours studying individually in order to keep up.
Do you know yet what you’d like to do after you have finished your degree?
I’d like to study for a higher degree first, and then maybe work in the UK for a few years. I still haven’t quite decided what I want to do after that though.
What do you miss most about Kings, and do you have a message for your former classmates/teachers?
I have to say the thing I miss the most would be the people at Kings, because everyone was so kind and helpful all the time.
What would you say to anyone who is considering taking the one-Year A-level programme at Kings?
It’s definitely going to be a challenge so make sure to space out your studies and consistently do them but also be careful not to overwork yourself. If you’re confident that you can do it, the hard work will be worth the time you’ll save.