Student Profile - Paolo Amat

Paolo studies our BSc (Hons) Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Science course at AECC University College and is currently in his third year. He tells us more about why he wants to study on the course, how he has found his time at AECC University College, and what he plans to do upon graduating:

“Before studying at AECC University College, I worked as a Sports Massage Therapist in a multi-functional clinic. I also started up my own business in 2010, collaborating with Chiropractors and biomechanics specialists.

“I became really interested in rehabilitation and wanted to learn more about it. I wanted to find a course that gave me lots of different options and was diverse, so that I could look at a whole host of pathologies and acute injuries.”

Highlights of the course

“On the course, we look at using exercise to work with people living with chronic conditions – for example respiratory issues, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes.

“We look at patient diagnoses and plan how we can improve a patient’s quality of life through exercise and physical rehabilitation. We also learn about injuries, treating these, and how to prevent them from happening again.

“The course also explores working with athletes, supporting them in improving their strength, agility, and levels of fitness to enhance their performance.”

Why choose AECC University College?

“I really like the ethos of AECC University College and the family environment that it offers. New developments, like the planned Rehabilitation Centre, are really exciting and show that the University College is expanding and developing.

“I really feel that I am getting the best education to further my career. The teaching staff that I’m learning from have so much experience in their relevant fields and work with some really high-profile organisations and individuals.

“When COVID-19 first hit, we were very lucky that our lecturers launched online learning very early. The first lockdown did not allow face to face teaching, however the second one allowed in-person lectures to begin for us. It was great to see everyone again.

“The lecturers have been phenomenal; they said that if you needed them for anything, whether it was personal or not, to just drop them an email. 

“The pandemic has shown me how important human interaction really is.”

Plans for the future

“The course prepares you for relevant postgraduate opportunities. I am planning to apply for the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) course at AECC University College.

“I have also been offered an internship for three months in London with a world-leading rehabilitation centre for sports professionals. I’m really excited about starting this.

“I want to be a diverse practitioner, rather than a specialist, so that I see a range of patients which are all challenging. I think that makes you a better practitioner.”

You can find more about the BSc (Hons) Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Science course at AECC University College here.

Paolo Amat