The Student Experience at Pearson College

Hayley Hewett

Hayley, one of our Student Co-creators, tells us about her experience of studying at Pearson College London, and what she enjoys most about studying here.

An average week at Pearson College London…

My average week is made up of a seminar, lecture and workshop for each of my four modules. These are spread across four days with Tuesdays left for independent study. Seminars are held at Birkbeck, University of London, in a traditional student setting; contrasted with the professional working environment at the Strand- where lectures and workshops are held. Workshops offer a fantastic way to put academic theory into practice; these are sometimes run by lecturers and sometimes run by external professionals. This term we are undertaking an exciting project in Marketing Principles; working with Direct Line to market a new product we have created and are also preparing to compete in the CIMA global challenge.

How do you split your social and study time?

During my first term I have been able to create a balance between my academic work, extra-curricular activities and social life. I effectively spend 8-10 hours per week preparing and reviewing course material and increase my study time during exam periods and coursework deadlines. This leaves time in the week to catch up with friends, visit London’s cultural hotspots and continue practicing my hobbies.

What you do in your free time?

There is a great variety of entertainment on offer whilst studying in London from viewing exhibitions at museums to taking a spin on the London eye. London also offers some fantastic locations to go shopping such as Oxford Street, Westfield and especially Covent Garden where I always use my Pearson discount card. Nightlife in London is very diverse; I love student nights in the many renowned bars and nightclubs as well as more unique experiences such as ghost walks and roller discos. This year I have also got involved in the Pearson College London societies such as Poker Club, Grub Club and Selective Perspectives – where inspiring people such as the CEO of Rock corps (Stephen Greene) talk and debate about the world of business. I also spend my time practicing my journalism skills through co-writing and editing the Pearson College magazine, Blurb.

How do you find studying in London?

Studying in London is perfect for a Business course as it is a business centre of the World. There are so many accessible internships and work experience opportunities as it is a popular location for large corporate companies as well as small start-ups. There are loads of free events to get involved with and places to visit; this is useful for me as a student.