Strabane student, Darragh Doherty, is currently completing the Foundation Degree in Science in Health and Social Care at the Omagh Campus. Darragh joined the College following his GCSES, knowing that he definitely wanted a career in Healthcare.

“When I left school, I initially intended to go into nursing, and so felt that the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care would be a better fit for me than A-Levels. It made sense to gain some hands-on experience before getting to university stage. The course was great, and it really confirmed for me that I was on the right track for a medical career.”

“As I approached the end of the course, I felt that starting the Foundation Degree would be a good next step. Due to the pandemic, there had not been as many opportunities for placement as hoped, and when you want to have a career in the Health Professions, those placements are invaluable experience. The Foundation Degree would give me more time to find exactly which areas I’m strongest in.”

“As it turned out, by entering Higher Education at SWC, I realised that rather than following a pathway to nursing, my placement experiences made me realise that I want to become a paramedic. The course is very flexible in that respect, it allows you to apply for many different Health-based careers.”

We wish Darragh all the best as he completes his final assignments and takes his next steps towards his degree.

“Overall the course has been constant in terms of workload and placement, but not overwhelming. The class sizes at SWC are small, so there is a lot of one-to-one support available from the tutors.”

Darragh Doherty
Foundation Degree in Science in Health and Social Care

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