Jemma Benson
Access to Higher Education

Jemma BensonJemma Benson, 28 from Thurrock, is currently studying the Access to Higher Education Health & Related Professions pathway.

She says “I currently work for the NHS as a Nursing & Therapy Assistant and wanted to do a secondment to become an Occupational Therapist, however, I needed to improve my academic skills so they suggested I do an Access course.

“The Access course really sets you up for university, especially with Harvard Referencing and essay writing. It’s like a taster into a degree, so you know what to expect when you get to university.

“It has really given me the confidence to go to university. I enjoy learning again, partly because I’m in a different frame of mind now I’m older; I want this to better myself. It’s also been great to meet new people.

“The tutors are helpful, you can email them if you don’t understand something and they are always there for you.

“I need to work full-time, so being able to study the Access course part-time at the college has been really helpful. It’s allowed me to work and study at the same time.

 “Since doing the course I thought about the experience I have already and decided to change my career path and become an Adult Nurse.”

Jemma has now completed her Access course and is going on to study a BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing at Anglia Ruskin University.

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