Hannah Elliot, 18, is currently studying the Health and Science T level that specialises in adult nursing. Although she didn’t have much knowledge of T Levels at the point of applying for her course in year 11, she has noticed that they have been well advertised and other students and businesses are starting to appreciate the mix of practical and theory-based experience and skills that the course can provide.
Hannah loved the fact that there would be placement opportunities with a T level course – something she would not have experienced if she went down the route of an A level or BTEC. The college also has a realistic ‘hospital ward’ learning environment, which was another big tick in Hannah’s box when it came to choosing the course and college for her.
“I found my Health and Social Care GCSE course to be really generalised, whereas Leicester College is taking in mind what I want to do in my career, and what I need to learn to get there. There is a huge range of career options for students in my class, but the tutors are amazing at tailoring the course specifically to each student and their goals.
“I don’t feel like I would have had as much experience as I have if I had chosen a more traditional course. The tutors have been so friendly and approachable, and the guest speakers have been a real highlight for me.”
Although Hannah didn’t realise at the point of applying for the course that science topics are covered (physics, chemistry and biology), she feels that covering these topics have really put her ahead in her learning journey.
In her first year of the course, Hannah specialised in midwifery, and the placement officer helped her to secure a placement with a baby massage class. Following her change to adult nursing, she easily found a placement at a local care home, along with her friend who was also studying the course.
“I found the balance of my work placement – which was one day a week – great as I could easily fit extra studies around it. Having the actual life experience of working with both babies and the elderly has put me miles ahead of other students who chose to take an A level, and I’m so grateful to have had that opportunity.
“Although I was confident before I started the course, the chance to work with such a diverse section of people has really improved my communication skills – such as working with dementia patients. It’s things like that you just wouldn’t learn from sitting in a classroom.”
The next step in Hannah’s career will be to progress to university and she’s already received a conditional offer from De Montfort University. The possibilities are endless for her, as she considers being a paramedic or perhaps a prison nurse – but she’s confident that the grades she achieves from her T level will help her to achieve her dreams.
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