Nutrition and Exercise graduate talks about his experience
First-class degree graduate, Christian Brady, chose to study Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire because of his keen interest in human biology and nutrition, particularly human anatomy and physiology.
During his studies, Christian worked as a subject ambassador and had the opportunity to run laboratory sessions for prospective students with staff and peers and this inspired him to pursue a teaching career. As part of the course, Christian achieved a Level 3 Personal Fitness Trainer qualification accredited by Skills Active.
After graduation, Christian completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), covering secondary science education and specialising in Biology. He then fulfilled his Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) induction year at Stonyhurst College teaching Biology.
In 2015, Christian relocated to Kent to work at Benenden School and whilst there achieved a Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Sciences through part-time distance learning. Christian’s career progressed and he was promoted to Head of Science and Head of Biology. His role at Benenden entails managing the Science Department and curriculum delivery for A-Level and international GCSE qualifications.
"My degree is integral to both my current career path and my postgraduate studies. I will always be truly grateful for the experiences, guidance, help, support and friendships UCLan has given me."— Christian Brady, BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise Sciences graduate.
Since joining Benenden School, Christian has also taught computing and designed the theoretical components of A-Level Physical Education. Additionally, Christian was also responsible for the curriculum design and co-ordination for Key Stage 3 Science. Alongside this, Christian has completed a Master of Education and he is proud to be an elected Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB).
Reflecting on his time at UCLan, Christian has many lasting memories. He highlighted: “Long hours looking down the microscope in the JB Firth laboratories for my research project, which was a thoroughly enjoyable working environment. There were fantastic group-based sessions, eccentric lecturers and amazing facilities. I have met and worked with some amazing people, who I have remained friends with.”
Speaking about the impact of his degree on his current life, Christian said: “My degree is integral to both my current career path and my postgraduate studies. I will always be truly grateful for the experiences, guidance, help, support and friendships UCLan has given me.”