Born in Sofia, Bulgaria 17 years ago, Denislava comes from a family of female scientists: her Grandmother was a chemist and her Aunt studied Physics. Aged just 12, she came face-to-face with cancer when two close family members because very ill. “Caring for members of my own family who were suffering from illnesses, has inspired me to seek knowledge in subjects such as biology and chemistry.” she says.
Denislava’s Science – Level 3 Extended Diploma is a demanding 2-year course, which includes biology, chemistry and physics. Within, for example the Biology component of the course, Denislava is studying diseases and infections – this has given her a general understanding of diseases and their treatment, which she will then be able to study further if she decides to go to university. As Denislava explains: “Doing a vocational course is ideal for me because when I first came to the UK I wasn’t able to take GCSEs, which meant I couldn’t do A Levels, so that route was closed to me. The advantage of a vocational course over
“The course has given me information about the chemical composition of drugs like Penicillin. The knowledge I have gained whilst studying will be beneficial to my future career, which I hope will be in drug development. I have a passion for research and a strong desire to further my knowledge in medical innovation. I would like to be a part of a society which develops different technologies or drugs which prevents
“Due to my academic performance, I was also offered the opportunity to take part in a week-long placement at the Francis Crick Institute. During my placement, I worked as part of a small team. This was a positive experience and I used all of the collaborative skills I had gained in my course to benefit the team. I was inspired by the work experience due to the direct industry knowledge that I gained. I needed to display a professional attitude toward the workplace and my colleagues and behave professionally in the laboratory during the experiments. This experience fascinated me and solidified my choice of pursuing a career in this field. There was a sense of camaraderie at the Francis Crick institute which I found to be inspiring. Everyone had their own tasks to complete but still worked collaboratively. Overall the experience was vastly beneficial, and I found research and development to be a hugely exciting field.
“My course has also given me the opportunity to be a part of the college STEM Ambassador team. As an ambassador, my job at different events was to motivate and show people how essential science is to our daily life. Having the opportunity to explain a difficult subject like science has definitely helped my communication skills.”
Luke Brown is Denislava’s form tutor and has seen her develop and grow her knowledge and confidence during her time with us. “I really can’t praise Denislava highly