All about me

Yes, the title is obvious. I have been in Bellerbys College Brighton for one year and six months and it has been a very great and valuable experience. Let’s start with the studies part because it is the main reason of coming to UK. I started off doing A Levels in Bellerbys College in January 2013. The classes were all understandable and test that were given in class were alright. However, I struggled learning Biology and Chemistry. I could not really cope and at the same time I had homesick. During the April exams, I tried my best in the four subjects but in the end the results were not very satisfying. Later during the summer, I received an email from the college recommending me to change to Foundation Programme. I was quite reluctant to change at the start because I believed that if I retake the papers I will be able to do better. But, the problem is I won’t be able to make it to the better ranked universities.

When I came back in September 2013, I have decided to change it to Business Foundation Programme. Until now, I did not regret changing to Foundation Programme because I have received offers from five universities which are City University of London, Bath University, Leeds University, Queen Mary University of London and SOAS University of London. In the end I have put City University of London as my firm and insured Queen Mary University of London. Doing the foundation program was different from A Levels. Foundation Programme consist of exams and coursework but A Levels was only exams based. This meant that I had to work through the term to achieve the best results.

Moving on to the social side where I have made a lot of friends from different countries. It was nice meeting and socializing with them because I was able to learn some facts about their country and also introduce my country. However it was only meeting them, I did not really get the chance to hang out with them. During A Levels, most of my friends were from my country. This is probably due to the fact that I really miss home and I could feel a sense of being home when I hang out around with them. Later in September I started going out with people of different nationalities. Foundation classes consist of the same people throughout the whole program. I had the same friends for 8 months since the program started. During the first term, I helped my friends in their coursework, homework and personal statement. My tutor have chosen me as the class representative. Being the class representative have given me the responsibility of listening and voicing out my classmates opinions.

To conclude, Bellerbys College Brighton has given me a lot of opportunities to discover my true-self and I will not forget the memories I have created here with my fellow friends and teachers. It was definitely one of the best moments I have ever had in my life so far.

 

Brighton

Everyone must be wondering after going through my blog post, thinking why Brighton but not other places. My friends and relatives have been asking me the same question as well. Most of them asked “Why Brighton? London is way better. You can enjoy living in the city, and have access to almost everything.” Well, I guess the reason is really simple for me. Brighton, because I really love the beach and my sister is doing her degree program in Brighton University. I guess family is the most important element when you leave home to study alone in a total unfamiliar place.

At first, I applied to Abbey College in Cambridge and I went to visit to see if I like that place because my parents were not very encouraging in going there to study. I was offered 40% scholarship and I feel that it would be better if I do A Levels in a quiet and peaceful town. So, I went to Cambridge and I realized that it was not what I thought. Hence the choice of Bellerbys College Brighton.

Brighton is a really beautiful city to study and live in. It is not located too far from London, just 50 minutes train away. There is a small street where they serve several asian delicacies to ensure students cravings are satisfied. Also, in the town, there is a mall called Churchill Square where people can do their shopping. Not forgetting to mention, the famous Brighton Pebble Beach and Brighton Pier. On a good, sunny weather, the beach is the best place to hangout.

Brighton has been a really good place and I have created a lot of memories here with my friends and teachers. I will definitely recommend this place to my friends who would like to come here to study or visit.

A year and six months

Yes, the title is obvious. I have been in Bellerbys College Brighton for one year and six months and it has been a very great and valuable experience. Let’s start with the studies part because it is the main reason of coming to UK. I started off doing A Levels in Bellerbys College in January 2013. The classes were all understandable and test that were given in class were alright. However, I struggled learning Biology and Chemistry. I could not really cope and at the same time I had homesick. During the April exams, I tried my best in the four subjects but in the end the results were not very satisfying. Later during the summer, I received an email from the college recommending me to change to Foundation Programme. I was quite reluctant to change at the start because I believed that if I retake the papers I will be able to do better. But, the problem is I won’t be able to make it to the better ranked universities.

When I came back in September 2013, I have decided to change it to Business Foundation Programme. Until now, I did not regret changing to Foundation Programme because I have received offers from five universities which are City University of London, Bath University, Leeds University, Queen Mary University of London and SOAS University of London. In the end I have put City University of London as my firm and insured Queen Mary University of London. Doing the foundation program was different from A Levels. Foundation Programme consist of exams and coursework but A Levels was only exams based. This meant that I had to work through the term to achieve the best results.

Moving on to the social side where I have made a lot of friends from different countries. It was nice meeting and socializing with them because I was able to learn some facts about their country and also introduce my country. However it was only meeting them, I did not really get the chance to hang out with them. During A Levels, most of my friends were from my country. This is probably due to the fact that I really miss home and I could feel a sense of being home when I hang out around with them. Later in September I started going out with people of different nationalities. Foundation classes consist of the same people throughout the whole program. I had the same friends for 8 months since the program started. During the first term, I helped my friends in their coursework, homework and personal statement. My tutor have chosen me as the class representative. Being the class representative have given me the responsibility of listening and voicing out my classmates opinions.

To conclude, Bellerbys College Brighton has given me a lot of opportunities to discover my true-self and I will not forget the memories I have created here with my fellow friends and teachers. It was definitely one of the best moments I have ever had in my life so far.

 

Final Term

Starting Business Foundation Programme in Bellerbys College have allowed me to learn a a lot about the business subject. The modules that I have learnt so far in the past two terms are Business Studies 1, Economics 1, Business Maths, Accounting, Economics 2, FES 1 and FES 2. I am currently now doing Business Studies 2, CIT and FES 3. For the past two terms I have worked hard to learn 7 modules and this term is a fairly relaxing one since I only have one paper to do on my final exam. Accounting and Business Maths are different from the other modules since there are a lot of calculations involved. It is also worth mentioning that the CIT and FES 3 are also different from the other subjects where we focused on coursework. Business Studies and Economics are more towards studying and writing essays.

I have learnt different study skills and ways to write essays. This program have also prepared me well for my university life by teaching me how to synthesis an essay, attending tutorials and do presentations in the right manner. I applied to 5 universities and received their offers which are City University of London, Queen Mary University of London, Bath University, Leeds University and SOAS University of London. However I did not do very well for my accounting module during my first term and I had to retake it in the second term. I was slightly taken back after seeing my scores. I was afraid that I won’t be able to achieve the scores that are required by the universities. Therefore I started working hard through the second term, doing a lot of past year papers. It wasn’t easy at first but later all the hard work was paid off and I managed to achieve a high score. During the second term, I could not really understand what the teacher was teaching in Economics 2 and I had to do self-study and attend extra classes. It was really effective. I used to think that studying hard is everything but throughout the course I slowly learn that we, as students should not study hard, but we should study smart.

Moving on to the relationships which I have built with my classmates and tutor in this program where we are helped each other through the whole program. Since we are doing a foundation program, the students in the same group attend the same classes throughout the whole program so your classmates will be the same in each class. My classmates are really nice to me. We often help each other in studies and even outside college. Being a class representative has been a great experience. I have learnt to listen to opinions from different classmates. Also, helping them to voice out to our tutor and solve the problem together. Our tutor is really nice too. She has helped us a lot in our personal statements and it wasn’t easy for her since she has 16 personal statements to read at the same time.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed my time at Bellerbys College Brighton and I have learnt a lot of new things and made many friends which I really value a lot. IMG-20140526-WA0025

CIT Classes in Bellerbys College

The purpose of studying CIT courses in Bellerbys College is that it prepares us readily for our university degree and also to ensure that we are able to apply it in the workplace. CIT classes have taught me how to use Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel and WordPress appropriately and I have learnt most of the features in the software that I never knew. I really enjoyed writing journal every week because it can help me look back at what I did and reflect on myself. At the same time improve my English writing skills and grammar. However, I hated doing spreadsheet on Microsoft Excel because it is very difficult and complicated. In my opinion, the teacher should focus more on teaching us the formula so it will be easier for us to pick it up. Also, during lessons, the teacher could connect his computer to the projector and teach us how to do the work in Microsoft Excel step by step. Another reason behind this is because I realised that a lot of my friends are struggling doing Microsoft Excel. There are 15 of us in the class and every time when the class starts we have to gather around the table. The teacher will then go through briefly on what we have to do. After that the teacher will ask us to move back to our computers and start doing our work. CIT classes are more relaxing because it is more on the self-study.

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Foundation Coursework vs. Examinations

Coursework, as defined, it is the written or practical work done by a student during a course of study, usually assessed in order to count towards a final mark whereas examinations are done in a go. I remember last year when I did AS in Bellerbys College Brighton, I had to do exams instead of coursework. Later, I changed to the Business Foundation Programme. It was quite difficult to adapt to since foundation was more of coursework. I realised that coursework requires more of self-study and preparing it yourself during your own time rather than doing everything in class. It assessed your ability to be independent to study on your own.

For examinations, a lot of the syllabuses are taught in classes and students have to memorise everything and at the end of each term, examinations are carried out. As for coursework, we have to work it through the term. It is a continuous work. Also, by doing coursework, we are able to change it. If there is a mistake in our assignment, the teacher is able to tell us and we can make improvements on it. This can affect our marks. However, exams are a better way of assessing the progress you have made in the term. It is also a fair method since parents and teachers are not able to help. There is a problem of plagiarising when doing coursework as students are able to get most of the information from the internet.

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Foundation English Classes In Bellerbys College

Doing Business Foundation Programme in Bellerbys College Brighton has brought me into studying English in a different way. The program teaches you in a way which prepares you for university life. University assignments are mostly about essays, coursework, presentations and sometimes in the final year we have to do dissertation. I remembered when I was doing IGCSE in my country; we used to write a lot of essays in English class such as argumentative, descriptive, etc. It was all about essays in classes and I find it boring. Foundation English Classes are outlined clearly, where in the first term we wrote comparative essays and presentations. I really enjoyed FES 1 because our teacher was really interactive and every time in class she explained what she is going to teach so that we can understand better. During the second term we worked mainly on IELTS and synthesis writing. Synthesis writing was not very interesting but I feel that it can be really useful when writing essays in university. One thing that I really liked during FES 2 was a discussion coursework that we did in class. We had to use formal language to argue our opinions. Since we did synthesis writing, in FES 3, we had to work on 1500 words essay, presentation and attend tutorials. We also had to watch documentary, take notes and write a summary. I didn’t really like it. Foundation English Programme is taught in a fairly understandable way and I did not find any difficulties in learning. So far, Foundation English Program is really enjoyable and it prepares us thoroughly for our degree program.

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