I studied on the Level 3 Access to HE Nursing and Healthcare Professions programme - I already held my English and Maths GCSE so didn’t need to complete those. I knew I wanted to go on to do a degree in Child Nursing but didn’t hold the qualifications I needed which led me onto finding out about Access courses. I felt that studying an Access programme would help me get back into education and learn skills I’d need to help me prepare for a degree especially after having been out of education for a few years. I chose MidKent as I’d known others who had completed courses at MidKent and that had thoroughly enjoyed their time there.
I feel that the Access programme helped prepare me immensely for the course I am about to start! The college programme gave me a chance to gain a basic foundation of knowledge on topics that I previously knew little about, by gaining this basic foundation I will be able to further this knowledge on the course I am going to undertake. The programme also allowed me to build confidence on my own knowledge and ideas, with the support of tutors and other students I was also able to do things such as group presentations which prior to the college programme I wouldn’t have felt able to do, but it was a skill I needed to develop as I know there will be group presentations on my university course. At times, I did find the Access course intense, however the course was manageable especially with the time management skills I developed throughout the programme.
I thought my tutors were great! They made sure lessons were engaging and did their best to ensure all their students understood the information they were teaching and understood the assignment briefs to allow all their students to reach their full potential. They were really understanding if there were issues in a student’s personal life which may affect their academic performance, they were really supportive, flexible and a great first port of call to signpost students to the other support services available within the college. Moreover, all of the staff I came across outside of my tutors such as those working in reception, the café and the security staff were all so friendly and willing to help with any issues. I felt that all the staff worked together to help create a safe and welcoming environment for students.
The facilities were fantastic, I really liked that the library and study room opposite stayed open quite late which was extremely helpful, especially if there were deadlines due! The library had a wide range of books, alongside computers and a laptop station which students were able to sign out if they didn’t have their own. The online system was also really good, being able to do things such as renew library books and access PowerPoints from the lectures online was convenient.
In September I will be starting at Canterbury Christchurch University in Medway and I’ll be studying Child Nursing. The location of the Medway site is what first appealed to me, but after visiting the site on open days, and speaking to current students and the tutors, I felt like it was the right fit for me.
I would highly recommend both MidKent College and the Access programme to other students! Choosing to study the Access programme was a decision I am so glad I made, it was the perfect course to help me get back into education and gain the qualifications I needed to further my education. The course in itself is really well suited to those wishing to go into a healthcare field. I feel that MidKent College helped me gain the confidence to go to University. The tutors truly believe in their students’ capabilities which in turn helps their students to believe in themselves. MidKent College does whatever it can to help their students succeed!