23 February 2016

emfec member North Lindsey College recently welcomed the University of Bradford and a former alumnus to their campus to host a seminar with mature health and social care students.

The event was organised by Caroline Priestley, UK Recruitment and Outreach Officer at the university, which is one of the top nursing and midwifery universities in the UK.

Aimed at improving students’ interview skills, the session was also delivered by Ashley Whittaker, a former North Lindsey College student who gave an insight into his life studying at university.

While at North Lindsey College, Ashley studied a Level 3 Access to Higher Education qualification and has now progressed on to study a BSc (Hons) in Nursing. Ashley is currently in his second year of his degree and is also a university Student Ambassador and President of the Nursing Society.

Ashley said:

“I left school with no GCSEs and I wanted to do something more challenging so I came to North Lindsey College to study an Access to Higher Education qualification.

"The course has been life changing and has helped me prepare for university. The tutors at North Lindsey College are really supportive and welcoming. As a mature learner you don’t feel out of your comfort zone and the course has really helped to grow my confidence.”

Caroline Priestley added:

“Students around the country are currently applying for university. We held the session as we wanted to develop the students’ skills in preparation for their interviews and give them a flavour of what to expect.

"At Bradford University 30% of our student intake is from mature students and we wanted to hold the session to make sure that everyone has the same opportunities.”

With over 360 health and social care students every year, success rates of over 90% and 88% progressing onto higher education; North Lindsey College has a fantastic and well established reputation for health and social care training locally.