College Health and Social Care Students Set for University Studies

College Health and Social Care Students Set for University Studies

Six Blackburn College Health and Social Care students have already received offers from Universities as they all near the end of their respective courses. 

Melissa Sunderland (17), Joshua Holden (17) and Mia Booth (17), who are all from Blackburn, are close to completing the Cadets programme, which involves over 700 hours of practical experience in a health care environment such as hospital wards. 

Melissa wants to study Midwifery at the University of Salford, while Mia wants to study Occupational Therapy at the University of Cumbria’s Lancaster campus. Joshua is looking to study to be a Paramedic at Liverpool John Moores University. 

In addition, Clitheroe’s Anne Abesamis (20), Darwen’s Joel Mutombo (19) and Blackburn’s Zainab Ali Babar (19) have also received offers as they approach the finish to their Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diplomas. 

Anne is aiming to study Operating Department Practice at the University of Huddersfield, Joel wants to do Adult Nursing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Zainab is looking to do a degree in Psychology at either the University of Central Lancashire, Preston or Manchester Met. 

Talking about her experience on the College Cadets course, Melissa said: “At Blackburn College, I have been given a lot of support which is helping me move towards the educational outcomes I am aiming for. I have had vital insight into the role of a midwife, which will prepare me for my course of choice.” 

Joshua said: “Through the programme, my confidence has improved and I have developed greater clinical knowledge. Over the two years my tutors have been amazing and my goal of becoming a Paramedic is now in sight.” 

Mia added: “My two years at College have given me a true experience of what I want to do in my future career. Going into a variety of hospital placements has given me more opportunities to explore the different jobs and professions.” 

Speaking about her two years at Blackburn College, Zainab said: “This has been the best experience of my life! I was able to try different ways of doing work, I had great work experience and the wonderful tutors have been caring and understanding. I have opened up my personality, gained new skills and met new people.” 

“I have gained knowledge that will help me towards my goal of becoming a nurse, including how to meet service users’ needs and how each service user has different requirements,” commented Joel. 

Finally, Anne added: “Blackburn College helped me build up a wide range of work experience which has enhanced my skills. I am now more prepared for the future, which starts by going to University.” 

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25 Mar 2020, 09:59 AM