Access to HE: The next steps to University

Student Stories

Ceri Goldring is currently studying BSc Occupational Therapy, but it wasn’t until her mid-thirties that she realised her calling:

“I never really knew what I wanted to do for a career until, when I was 35, I had started to apply for a technical instructor job in the occupational therapy department of a local hospital. I didn’t have the required experience, so never finished the application, but it did get me thinking. I realised that occupational therapy was the perfect career for me, so I looked in to what I needed to do to get there.

As I had been out of education for a long time, and didn’t have the relevant qualifications, I needed to do an Access course. I applied and was successful in getting a place on the Access to Health Professions course. Studying on the Access course certainly helped with getting back into the culture of studying and essay writing. I feel university would have been a bit of a shock without it.

Applying to UCAS was pretty stressful as I found it difficult to get into the mindset of self-promotion for the personal statement but with the help of my careers officer I did and it worked!  I received offers from both my choices, and passed the criteria for my first choice, The University of Northampton.

Now I’m at the University, absolutely loving my course, and know I’ve made the right choice. I’ve made some great friends along the way, both on Access and at Uni. Life is good.”

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