Heidi Grunshaw - BA (Hons) Wellbeing and Social Care Practices

  • Studied: Heidi Grunshaw - BA (Hons) Wellbeing and Social Care Practices

"I really enjoyed the BA (Hons) Wellbeing and Social Care Practices programme - it was very interesting and has changed my overall outlook on life. It opened up my awareness to the fact that everyone is different and now I do not take things as face value but rather seek a reason as to why something is the way it is or someone is the way they are.

"When I first joined the course, I thought having just had a child (3 weeks old) that the opportunity to invest in myself had disappeared but the University Centre at Blackburn College allowed me the flexibility to invest in my own future. The structure of the course is suitable for working people or parents as it is easier to get child care over one day rather than scattered over a week so I am very thankful for the opportunities that I was given. I even had a baby in the second year of my studies and with assistance from the tutors and also my fellow students, I was able to continue my studies without much disruption.

"I enjoyed being part of the University Centre at Blackburn College and the facilities were really good. As I had two young children, I found it hard to concentrate at home so I did use the library facilities often and the staff were always happy to assist, both within the Beacon centre library and the University Centre at Blackburn College library. I also enjoyed the classroom style of learning and Moodle allowed students to catch up for any classroom sessions that they had missed.

"The week before my final day of studies, I attended an interview at East Lancashire hospital Trust for a Speciality Training Administrator role and was successful. I am currently working within the Postgraduate team, assisting and helping with the induction of speciality trainee doctors and providing support to the medical education team, amongst many other things. I was relieved with how fast I found a job and the BA (Hons) Wellbeing and Social Care Practices programme has been extremely beneficial in understanding terminology within my current role. The programme provided me with a thorough knowledge of Health and Social Care studies and knowledge of Social Policy which has had a positive effect on how smoothly I have fit in to my current role, making me aware of planned transformational changes ahead.

"I am very happy with learning my new role and hope that in the future I can grow within the East Lancashire Hospitals Trust. There are many Health and Social Care opportunities within this fast paced sector and I am hoping to do a Masters Degree in the future.

"I would definitely recommend the University Centre at Blackburn College! Since the age of 17, I have worked full time and I thought that university would only be made available for young people or people of higher class. After being made redundant from a job I loved, I knew it was time to choose something that I wanted to do so I got myself a job as a Home Carer, applied for university and put the graft in."

""I really enjoyed the degree, it was very interesting and has changed my overall outlook on life.""