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FdSc Health and Social Care and BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (Top-up)

Francesca wanted to return to education at 21 and found she could balance studying and working full-time at NCD University Centre.

 Francesca also studied at New ƵAPP Durham to complete her college qualifications, she said:

“The degree I studied at NCD University Centre was only 2-3 days a week so I was able to manage my full-time work around my degree. I didn’t feel the typical university lifestyle was for me so the smaller classes sizes at NCD suited me. With me being an older student too, I preferred that the class was made up of a broad age range.

“New ƵAPP Durham felt familiar. The classes were small and the facilities were available when you needed them. My tutors were able to give me additional 1-1 support and there was even more support available if you needed it.

“The tutors at NCD go above and beyond to put provisions in place to help me complete my degree. They were friendly and the classes were small and I just got the education and support I needed.

“I found the lessons very flexible – we covered a range of topics, and we were able to visit hospitals and health care settings to expand and broaden our knowledge. I never thought that I would be able to go to uni, NCD helped me realise I was capable of graduating, and it gave me the confidence to explore higher paid and more complex jobs.

“I plan to progress into a health setting, and I have been thinking about completing a nursing degree in the near future.”

Francesca is currently a Support Service Coordinator at Thirteen Group.