Emma Jenkins

“I studied the Access to Nursing course at City College Plymouth in 2018-19 and then gained a place on the BSc (Hons) Pre-Registration Midwifery degree at the University of Plymouth. The subject areas covered by the Access course are picked specifically to fit the entry requirements for nursing, midwifery and Allied Healthcare Professionals courses at university.  This course is amazing and I wish I had done it sooner – I really do!

“I studied a range of subjects including biology, psychology and sociology – each one has given me the knowledge that underpins what I am learning at university, which means I don’t feel quite so like a fish out of water! The staff are wonderful and really try to engage students in their learning by teaching us to be autonomous learners right from the start. Lessons are interactive and arranged to fit all learning styles – there is always something that will suit you. This has really helped me to find a way of studying by myself that is effective – gone are the days of reading textbooks until my eyes are blurry and rewriting notes over and over again! 

“I am currently midway through my first year as a student midwife and I am so grateful that I studied the Access course. I didn’t quite realise how well it would prepare me for life at university, but I find myself referring back to the units I studied all the time and tapping into the study skills that we were taught. All of this has enabled me to be very successful in my first two modules, gaining marks of 98% and 80%. I never  thought that would have been possible before studying the Access course.”