Joanne Curry

Joanne Curry

I had always wanted to study at Brockenhurst College because of its good reputation, its setting in the forest and the wide range of courses it offers. I also felt it would provide me with a sense of independence, both as a student and a person.

Studied:

Health & Social Care – Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (Health Studies)

Where are you now?

Adult Nursing at the University of Southampton

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I had always wanted to study at Brockenhurst College because of its good reputation, its setting in the forest and the wide range of courses it offers. I also felt it would provide me with a sense of independence, both as a student and a person.

In my first year I studied and achieved my GCSEs in English, Mathematics and Science. In my second year I moved onto the Health and Social Care Level 2 BTEC course, and for my third/fourth year I progressed onto the Level 3 programme in Health and Social Care.

I had no previous qualifications due to leaving secondary school in Year 9 for health reasons. I was initially anxious about returning to education, but this was soon addressed thanks to the fantastic pastoral and learning support I received.

In September 2016 I am going to study Adult Nursing at the University of Southampton. My ambition is to peruse a career in nursing has been influenced by many factors. These include my own personal experiences of using health services, which has inspired my passion to actively make a difference to the lives of others.

My work placement was an invaluable part of my Health and Social Care BTEC course. I had three placements, comprising: one at a hospital, one at a day centre for older adults with dementia, and one at a residential school for young people with autism. Having active practice experience in the care sector enabled me to explore career opportunities, gain various skills and supported my academic learning. I believe that gaining this experience was integral to my success in gaining a place at university, which is very competitive for nursing.

There have been many highlights during my attendance at Brock. Being able to take part in the College’s 100th year anniversary celebrations made me very proud to be a student here. Being able to develop supportive relationships with my peers on the Health and Social Care course has also been a very positive experience. Furthermore, as a Student Ambassador I have been pleased to represent the College and share my enthusiasm for my course. This has enabled me to develop my confidence and leadership skills as well.