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Rebecca Vickers former Access to HE: Social Sciences student, is flourishing at The University of Chester

We recently caught up with former Access to HE – Social Sciences student Rebecca Vickers, who is now studying Adult Nursing at the University of Chester, to reflect on her time at Warrington & Vale Royal College and how this prepared her for university.

Rebecca Vickers

Rebecca Vickers, former Access to HE: Health and Social Care student, is now studying Adult Nursing at The University of Chester. Rebecca completed our Pre-Access to HE course 8 years ago to gain her Maths and English qualifications but fell pregnant and decided to push back the completion of her Access to HE course, which she completed at the college in 2021.

Rebecca decided to study her Access to HE course at Warrington & Vale Royal College as she lives locally to Winsford campus and the tutorial times offered fit in with the school run and other commitments. During the course, Rebecca learnt all about person-centred care, academic writing, psychology and biomolecules in the body which she says was a great help to learn before starting her course at university. She says: “The Access to HE course was a life saver as I was not learning something new, it felt like a top-up on the stuff I already know.”

Reflecting on the university application process, Rebecca remembers it being an intense process but with help and support from her tutors, she felt prepared writing her personal statement, attending placement interviews and generally for university. She says: “There were times where I found the course hard, but with the help of my tutors pushing me on I overcame those feelings and came away from studying at the college feeling grateful for the lessons I’ve learnt as it set me up for the challenges of university perfectly.”

As part of her university course, Rebecca has been working with community care district nurses undertaking home visits to vulnerable adults. As part of this experience, Rebecca has learnt a lot and gained plenty of hands-on experience, which she says has massively improved her confidence and reassured her that this is the career for her.

To anyone considering studying an Access to HE course, Rebecca says: “Anyone who is even considering doing it, just do it. I had been given so much support during my studies at Warrington & Vale Royal College, I always made sure to ask for it. I have made friends for life with the people on my Access to HE course!”

In the future, when Rebecca qualifies, she hopes to work in a hospital environment with goals to work in A&E. We want to wish Rebecca the best of luck in the future!

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