After a 16-year break in formal education, Martin Moffatt from Tempo returned to education studying an Ulster University Foundation Degree in Applied and Medical Science at the South West College Erne Campus and is now enroute to achieving his full BSc Hons Degree in Biomedical Science via the Ulster University.

Martin has found the option to study local did not disappoint as it allowed him to pursue his passion and transition into a rich and varied career as a Science Laboratory Technician at SWC. He credits SWC for providing a friendly and supportive atmosphere that enabled him to thrive and reach his educational and career goals.

Speaking about his return to education and his career journey, Martin said:

“I know a few people who had attended SWC as mature students. They had always spoken highly about the college and the staff, so I decided to give it a go.

“The experience was invaluable! It had been 16 years since I had been in full-time education when I started. So, the lecturers had to almost teach me how to be a student again as well as teaching me the content of the course, but thankfully they were all very patient with me.

“All the staff I had contact with were superb! There is a friendly and supportive atmosphere throughout the whole college and admirable support structures in place, as well as an excellent library with plenty of valuable resources.”

As someone who was trying to make a career change, Martin said:

“The course was a great fit as there are plenty of job opportunities in the science and healthcare field that the foundation degree helped me to prepare for.”

At SWC, all Foundation Degrees are accredited by the Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast, or the Open University and all have direct articulated pathways to reputable careers as well as honours degrees at each respective university.

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