Health & Social Care student Thomas Warner
“At school my teachers told me I’d never become a nurse, but I’ve proved them wrong!” says 22-year-old Thomas Warner who’s off to Cardiff University in September to do a BSc (Hons) in adult nursing.
After leaving school without any qualifications Thomas did Level 1 and 2 qualifications in computing as well as a functional skills course to boost his maths and English skills. This in turn, gave him the grades he needed to sign-up for the two-year Level 3 extended diploma in health and social care and be able to apply to university.
Thomas, who has mild autism, added: “To leave school without any qualifications just a few years ago and now to be going to university to train as a nurse feels amazing! When I achieved good results I felt empowered and motivated to do more.
“The tutors have been really helpful throughout the course and there was a learning support assistant on hand in the classroom if I needed any additional help. It felt good when I got an interview at university and the knowledge I’d gained in the classroom combined with the skills I’d developed on my work experience placements really helped me in the practical tasks I had to do on the day.
“And when I got the offer of a place I just didn’t know what to say – it’s been a long journey and taken me six years to get there but it’s definitely been worth it and I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved.”