Dilwyn Price's experience studying a Top-up course
Dilwyn Price tells us what it's like to study our Health and Social Care (Top-up) degree and offers advice for anyone considering a career in this rewarding industry.
I chose to study at the University of Central Lancashire because I was very impressed with the modules on the course and the facilities at the University. The staff were very approachable on the Open Day and gave me an excellent insight into what the University had to offer.
The course has developed my theoretical knowledge to underpin my practice within Health and Social Care. It has provided information on future career prospects and has enabled me to take up opportunities within my working environment due to enhancements in critical thinking and problem solving skills, while also giving insights into different perspectives within Health and Social Care. The module choices on the course are excellent. I have had opportunities for career progression within my organisation as a safeguarding lead due to the completion of the safeguarding module within the degree.
"I feel that the teaching support from the lecturers has been excellent considering the current restrictions of the pandemic. "— Dilwyn Price, Health and Social Care (Top-up) degree student
Due to the current pandemic, I have had to adapt to the challenges of remote learning and working with new technology. I feel that the teaching support from the lecturers has been excellent considering the current restrictions of the pandemic. The course has required good time management, completing a full-time course while working full-time.
This degree provides excellent diverse opportunities for a career in Health and Social Care. It is also a good degree for someone who is unsure of their career pathway as it could lead to further training or study in teaching, nursing, social work, probation, or care management. In the future I want to go into further study - I am looking at training to teach Health and Social Care at a Further Education College or teaching special needs pupils aged 14-19 years.
I would personally encourage applicants to study here. Preston is a small but immensely friendly city and the University of Central Lancashire has great teaching staff that encourage and develop your skills to the full potential that are required for both vocational and non-vocational career progression.