16th May 2022
Christine Gault left school without the GCSE's needed to pursue her dream career of becoming a lawyer. Returning to education to study an Access to HE course as an adult learner, here mum of 4 Christine chats to us about studying the Access to HE Health pathway and how studying the course has helped her to study Forensic Science at the University of Wolverhampton.
Q. How was school for you?
A. Frustratingly at school, I got E’s and F’s and I was always told that I wouldn't gain the GCSE's I needed to become a lawyer. So when I left school, I completed a 3 year Diploma in Mechanics course with welding, and also a Level 2 in Accounting both at Stafford college.
Q. What did you do after college?
A. I actually had 4 children at a young age, 2 of who have additional needs. So I was a full-time mum until I decided to come back to college to resit my GCSE's to improve my career prospects.
Q. Why did you decide to study the Access to HE Health pathway at Stafford College?
A. I was bored at home and wanted something to do, so after completing my GCSE's, I realised that I wanted to study at a higher level, so I chose to study the Access to HE Health pathway, and I've never looked back.
Q. What did you enjoy most about studying with us?
A. I enjoyed the social side of the course but what really made it worth it was the tutors. They spoke to us in a positive manner and really helped to boost my confidence. I knew I could do more, but I just needed the help and support to enable me to be the best I could be, and coming to Stafford College was the best decision I have made.
Q. What was the biggest challenge for you?
A. Juggling family life and studying was a big challenge, but the course is only 10-months in duration so the challenges and tough times really paid off. I was fully supported by my tutors, I was doing this for my children and their futures so I focused on this.
Q. You've now progressed to university. How has studying the Access to HE course helped you in your university life so far?
A. Without having my GCSEs or UCAS points, I wouldn’t have been able to attend university. The confidence I’ve gain through the Access course has helped me in at university. Learning to write academically and reference has helped in my university studies. Being able to manage my workload and think positively about the future really stemmed from my time at NSCG.
Q. You're in your second year studying Forensic Science. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A. I would like to be working within the police force as a Crime Scene Investigator and specialist in ballistics or blood spatter analysis. I just love learning now so I can't wait to see what the future holds for me.
Q. Finally, what would you say to other people in your position, who are considering taking studying at NSCG?
Do it! Coming back into education as an adult learner can be daunting, but well worth the sacrifices. It’s so rewarding even if your unsure of going to university. The friends you’ll make and the experiences and confidence you’ll gain will be worth it.
If you've been inspired by Christine's story, find out more about studying an Access to HE course at Stafford College.