Dungannon Student, and mum of two, Nadia Kelly, who has just completed her Foundation Degree in Science in Health and Social Care, offers invaluable advice to those considering their future options.

Nadia originally began a Higher Education journey at University but realised that the course wasn’t the correct choice. While healthcare was certainly the correct area, the specialism wasn’t the right fit and Nadia knew that it was important to be true to herself and reassess her priorities.

“Before applying to South West College (SWC) I obtained a place at University studying social work. Almost two years into this degree, I realised that social work wasn’t the career path I desired and knew that I owed it to myself to be happy in my future career, whatever that may be. I was always confident that the healthcare sector is where I want to work, however, I was unsure of which professional degree I would opt to take.

Meanwhile, I welcomed my daughter into the world, becoming a Mother. I opted to study the Foundation Degree in Science in Health and Social Care at SWC Dungannon because the modules would help me decide what degree I wanted to progress to. My aim is to obtain a long-term professional role in healthcare while being close to home. As a mum this course was flexible for me.”

Nadia found the tutors to be supportive throughout the course delivery, but that was not the only special delivery of the programme - Nadia’s baby son arrived in the second year of the Foundation Degree, and she was able to keep learning alongside balancing family life.

“I could not fault the course content & the delivery of the modules. I learned so much during my time at SWC and feel better prepared for university study with the additional help and support I received from the college being a key component to this. I learned how to Harvard reference correctly, how to find creditable reading sources and materials, how to improve my time management and how to write a good quality assignment using the key learning objectives of each assignment.

My tutors were so supportive thoughout my entire time at SWC, I delivered my son in the 2nd year of the course, and my tutors helped me believe that anything is possible, they are a credit to themselves, and I wouldn't be beginning my next journey without them. I can't thank them enough for all their hard work!”

Having taken the time to reassess the options while undertaking the Foundation Degree in Science in Health and Social Care, Nadia applied to, and was successful in, gaining a place on the Adult Nursing degree at Ulster University’s Magee Campus.

“I received an unconditional offer for Adult Nursing at Ulster, which I have accepted. I cannot wait to start the next step of my healthcare journey and I cannot wait to become a healthcare professional. I look forward to using the knowledge I have gained at SWC within the Nursing Degree.”

Nadia has some excellent advice for those who are considering a career in the Healthcare sector, who may not know exactly which specialism they are looking for.

“If you are unsure what you want to do in the future, but you are passionate about healthcare, do the foundation degree in science in health and social care, this will open many possibilities for you. If you think university student life isn't for you and wish to study closer to home, SWC is fantastic and the additional support networks make student life so much better, especially if like me you have other responsibilities such as being a parent.”

We wish Nadia every success with her nursing programme and are confident that we will be in good hands if we meet Nadia in her future career. If you are interested in taking on the Foundation Degree in Science in Health and Social Care, applications are open now.

If you are currently studying a course at University but feel that it isn’t quite the right fit for you, please contact our careers team on 028 8225 0109 for free advice about the opportunities that SWC can provide for you.

If you have always wanted to return or continue your education but family or work-life commitments make you feel hesitant, then please get in touch today. We have many options from Part-Time to Full-Time and with our supportive learning environments, we can help find a course for you!