Angela Balmer is 48 and started to study a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care in September 2015. Angela wanted to study a degree but was not ready to commit to a full time course at University due to family life, so the foundation degree fitted her perfectly.
AM: Why did you choose this course?
AB: I wanted to study a degree but was unsure of the area I wanted to study. I was not ready to commit to a full time course at university due to family life but the foundation degree fitted in with my family life at the time.
AM: Why did you choose Kendal College?
AB: Kendal College has a great reputation and excellent facilities. The location is also easily accessible to my home.
AM: Is College like you had expected. If not, why?
AB: At first I was daunted by the number of younger students as I felt out of place as a mature student. However, the tutors and my fellow students are very supportive and I’ve adjusted quickly to College life and settled down into my studies.
AM: What do you most enjoy about College life?
AB: I enjoy the whole experience – friendly and helpful staff and access to a wide range of learning resources within the library and via the UCLAN website. Our group is only small so we all get on really well and support each other through the course.
AM: What opportunities have you had as a student at the College?
AB: We often have guest speakers coming into discuss areas of the care industry that may be of interest to us in the future. The placement aspect of the course is also really useful for me to gain experience in areas of the industry that I may never have considered otherwise.
AM: What is the teaching style like on your course?
AB: The teaching style is very relaxed and informal the tutors are very easy to get on with too. Although we have a strict timetable to stick to in order to get assignments on time, the tutors guided us through each module individually to ensure we were working towards our specific goals.
AM: Can you describe a typical day at College?
AB: Tutorials start at 9am however I tend to arrive early to park and get breakfast in the canteen which has a good selection of food. We then work though until lunch and have an hour off before afternoon classes start. We finish for the day at four. There’s also lots of independent study outside College as well.
AM: What facilities do you use regularly at the College?
AB: I regularly use the University HUB. It’s a really good quiet space where I can use the computers to get on with work.
AM: How would you describe your College experience so far?
AB: I have enjoyed the whole experience, the course has gone so quickly and I will be sad to leave. The tutor group has felt like an extended family and I will miss the support.
AM: What are you hoping to do after College?
AB: When I finish I am going to UCLAN to do the Top-Up Degree in Social and Community Care Policy and Practice. I then hope to do a Masters in Social Work.
AM: If you could give one piece of advice to people considering College, what would it be?
AB: Just go for it! You are never too old to learn and Kendal College is a fantastic institution to start your learning journey whether you are 16 or 60+.
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The interview was conducted by Adele Mundy, the College’s Student Services Manager.