It seems like only yesterday that I was waving Eleanor off to go to university but it was actually three years ago and her time's now up. She's on holiday with her boyfriend in Tenerife at the moment but she's had confirmation that she's passed her degree.
If you fail an exam in some degrees, you could still obtain a pass by meeting the minimum required pass mark in other elements of the module, such as coursework, but Eleanor chose to take an accredited degree, which means that it's recognised by the Institute of Biomedical Science which some employers, including the NHS, require. As such, every part of every module has to be passed.
The course covers pathology, histopathology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, haematology, transfusion science and immunology and virology. Eleanor's found that her biggest interest is in microbiology and she hopes she can put her knowledge of this to use when she starts work.
And for anyone interested, Eleanor's dissertation was Do Polymorphisms in Toxin Genes Predict Helicobacter pylori Strain Pathogenicity? Yes, it's gone right over my head too but I know there's at least one biologist who reads my blog.
Graduation day is next month and then Eleanor will be waving another chapter of her life goodbye as she embarks on a new adventure, finding a job!
Well done, Eleanor, we're all so very proud of you. We hope your future is rosy!