Burnley student shares benefits of returning to study

Aicha Khan is currently in Year 2 of the BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families after completing the Foundation Entry Health and Social Care course and credits the course with some big improvements in her life from growing in confidence to becoming a better parent.

When talking about her motivation to come to university, Aicha explains, “I initially joined with an idea of either becoming a nurse or a teacher, but teaching was what I thought I wanted the most.

After completing the one Foundation Entry Health and Social Care course, Aicha progressed onto the three-year BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families degree.

During the Foundation Year, we were introduced to all the subject areas that were available, but it was the course leader for Children, Schools and Families that really sold the course – it sounded perfect for me. One of the good things about the foundation year was it gave me time to make the right choice about the course I would go on to.”

Talking about returning to education as a mature student, Aicha commented, “I didn’t go to college after school as I started a family quite young. I had kept busy with volunteering which I’d been able to fit around being a mother. I’d done catering, admin, teaching assistant, and anything else I could to get some experience. My children are now 11 and 7 so where they were both at school, I started to look at courses for me to get my career going”

Aicha Khan, BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families student
Aicha Khan, BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families student

Aicha highlights the importance of taking advantage of the opportunities available at university, “last year I was the course rep and become a student ambassador. This year I am the School President for the School of Social Work, Care and Community – and that was the first time a UCLan Burnley student had been a School President!”

“These opportunities have helped my confidence so much. Whilst I know how important it is to have a degree, it’s the life experiences that really count! My life experiences are really helping with this course because I can relate to so much of what we are learning about.”

“I worked hard to make an impact as the course rep in year 1 and was encouraged to run for president by my lecturers and the SU rep. To become School President, I had to campaign and publish a manifest. I wasn’t sure I’d get many votes, but I was really surprised but delighted when I was elected.”