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Siriol Leach, BSc Social Science (BPS Route)

Siriol Leach

Siriol is about to complete her first year studying the BSc in Social Science on the BPS route at the Cardiff School of Social Sciences (SOCSI). Despite narrowly missing her grades and coming through clearing, Siriol is very happy with how things have turned out.

What made you choose to do a Social Science degree at Cardiff?

I actually came to this course through clearing – I had wanted to do psychology but narrowly missed my grades and was directed to the social science course. In all honesty I wasn’t completely sure before I started and worried I wouldn’t enjoy it, but now I’m so relieved things worked out this way! I love my modules, and I’m so glad I’m able to try new subjects like criminology and sociology which I’ve never done before. I even have friends studying psychology who’ve said they wish they were doing this course – I’d really recommend it to anyone with an interest in psychology especially since it’s BPS (British Psychological Society) accredited but it still offers a rounded degree.

Why did you decide to study at Cardiff University?

I applied initially because of its reputation as such a good University and research centre, and from the open day it seemed like a nice city (although I did know it somewhat already as I live so close) and I was interested in the course. It wasn’t until I came to stay with my brother who also studies at Cardiff that I got a real idea of what it’s like to be a student in Cardiff, and I loved it! Even though it’s not a campus university all the buildings are so close together (right next to the city centre) and of course the nightlife is great. And even though it’s the capital city it’s still small enough to get to know quite well, and in second and third year everyone lives in the same area which is really nice.

"I'm so glad that I'm able to try new subjects like criminology and sociology, which I've never done before."

What have you enjoyed about being a student at Cardiff University?

Since joining Cardiff I’ve grown to love the city, but one of the things I’ve really enjoyed about Cardiff are all the clubs and societies on offer. I tried quite a few at the start of the autumn semester and decided on Cheerleading, something I’ve never tried before but will definitely be carrying on until I leave. I’ve also joined the SOCSI society which offers socials, and somewhere to ask other students for tips. Next year I’m planning on joining the University orchestra and SOCSI netball too (if I have time)!

What are your plans for the future?

At the moment I’m still undecided, but I’m currently considering either going into research or doing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.