Abbie Bartlett chose to study BA (Hons) Religion, Culture and Society at UCLan due to the unique and varied course content and admits “the excitement I felt about this course and the welcome I received from the staff made me realise that this course was for me.”
In fact, Abbie fell in love with studying religion so much that after graduating and obtaining her PGCE, she now finds herself in a dream job as a Religious Studies Lecturer.
“I chose to do a pre-teaching course, as I wanted to have a joyous impact on other students,” Abbie said. “I knew that I needed more experience working with sixth form students so took a job at a Sixth Form as a study supervisor; my role was very varied and often challenging but it prepared me with the necessary skills to succeed and gave me the confidence to pursue my teaching career.”
Abbie’s lasting memories from her time at UCLan involved the annual Religion, Culture and Society Ball, which she still attends now – even as alumni. Also, a third year retreat to Pantasaph, which she said “was magical and enchanting, the memories from that trip still bring a tear to my eyes and it is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Whilst studying, Abbie was also the School President for Humanities and Social Sciences, and received a Livesey House Gold Award for over 96 hours of volunteering. In addition, she won a three-week sponsorship from the British Council to travel to China, study religion and learn about business in Chengdu which Abbie maintains would not have happened if she hadn’t studied the RCS course.
Abbie added: “My degree is a talking point wherever I go, whether that is job interviews or talking with a stranger on the bus, people are interested and want to hear and discuss current issues around religion and society. My degree has made me grow as a person and want to educate in the future.”
04 April 2018