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Amazing Alumni - Lauren King

We recently caught up with former Warrington & Vale Royal College student Lauren King. Lauren, who studied health & social care at the college, progressed on to Edge Hill University and is now working in the health and social care sector.

Amazing Alumni Lauren King

Lauren studied Level 3 Health & Social Care Diploma at Warrington & Vale Royal College, and initially chose the college as she had heard nothing but good things from her friends. For example, they told her that tutors are very supportive and non-judgemental, which Lauren felt was an incredibly important factor in her decision to study here. She says: “Having friends who were understanding and tutors that were so supportive was the difference between me giving up completely and fulfilling my dreams of going to university.”

She continued: “Lessons were so engaging and I always felt comfortable discussing the different topics. Tutors would always communicate with us to ensure we felt fully supported and were coping well.” It’s this high level of support that made Lauren’s time at the college so enjoyable. She tells us that her and her peers truly felt like tutors cared about them, saying: “Education isn't just about answering the questions on the paper or writing assignments, it's holistic. When you enter a classroom, you're also bringing your life with you. Ensuring student happiness in all aspects of their life is vital in ensuring that they are learning effectively, and working productively towards their future work, career or education goals.”

Lauren is currently studying at Edge Hill University, where she has achieved a BSc in psychology and is now completing a MSc in counselling and psychotherapy. Between leaving Warrington & Vale Royal College and starting a new chapter at Edge Hill University, Lauren has had some really exciting opportunities come her way, such as working with Alder Hey Hospital and Wigan Council. Alongside her current studies, Lauren is working as a healthcare assistant at a residential care home, as well as taking on the role of Student Governor at Edge Hill. A key part of this exciting role is being part of a Widening Access panel, where she and her peers consider barriers to education and how these can be overcome.

As if all the above wasn’t enough, Lauren also volunteers for the Office for Students and is an active member of Edge Hill’s Choir. She says: “It’s fair to say I’m a very busy bee, but I haven’t always been like this. There are some weekends where you’ll find me in the pub eating food and drinking with friends but gaining my BTEC in health & social care has opened so many doors for me and, as you can see, I have stepped through every single one.”

Reflecting on her time at Warrington & Vale Royal College, and how effectively it prepared her to work in the sector, Lauren said: “My course has taught me so much more than just a level 3 diploma. At the interview for my current job, I found myself reciting information I had learnt at the college over 3 years ago – which proved vital to the role that sees me support care home residents both physically and emotionally. The health and social care course at the college is so vast and variable that it feels like there is no role in the sector that would not be benefitted from this course.”

Lauren King

Lauren continued: “Words cannot express the eternal gratitude I have for all the staff and tutors who have supported me, taught me and in so many ways shaped me into who I am today. I know for a fact that I would not have achieved half as much as I have if it were not for the college and the amazing staff.”

When asked what advice she would give to other adults considering a higher education course or an access to higher education course at Warrington & Vale Royal College, Lauren said: “We are experiencing a flux in higher education pathways and opportunities. There are more day courses, night courses, access to higher education courses, and combined courses than there ever has been. I studied a BTEC, as well as completing my GCSE English while at the college, which has helped me get into university and get jobs in health and social care roles. If you have ever thought about changing your career, developing your career or even just learning something new, now is the perfect time. Also, don't let anything hold you back. I come from a working-class background with few GCSE's, struggled with my mental health, and studied without support from my parents. I still struggle sometimes, and it can be hard, but with the support from the college and what you can achieve both on and after the courses, it is so worth doing.”

Has Lauren’s story inspired you to start something new or upskill within your current job role? Higher education and access to higher education courses at Warrington & Vale Royal College are the perfect place to begin.

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