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Bethany Blundell

Courses Taken:
Access To HE
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School:
Ripley St Thomas
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Years Studied:
2021
Profession:
Student Midwife
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Laura was amazing, she was so supportive with assignments but also with my university application. It got me back into studying again and I learnt how to write academically after 10 years without studying.

Bethany completed her GCSE's back in 2004 at Ripley St Thomas and then went onto being a Hairdressing apprentice from 2009-2011. From 2011 to 2020 she was a hairdresser in a local salon and covered a maternity position in 2021. It was in 2021 that Bethany made the decision to further her passion and joined LMC to do the Access to HE course to gain qualifications to be a student midwife.

Bethany was asked why she chose to come to LMC and along with wanting to follow her dreams of becoming a midwife, she said

I liked the idea of being taught in a classroom environment rather than a remote course. It was convenient as I live in Lancaster. I knew it would give me the discipline and the guidance needed to do a degree.

We asked Bethany what were the best bits about her course and she said

Laura was amazing, she was so supportive with assignments but also with my university application. The course itself was intense, the amount of assignments in such a short space of time was a challenge but it has given me the foundation to work at degree level. It got me back into studying again and I learnt how to write academically after 10 years without studying.

Bethany is now studying midwifery at the University of Central Lancashire after completing her course here at LMC. When we asked her about her course she said

The course is part university theory and part placement. When at university we have lectures around topics and skills needed for placement and when on placement we put our learning into action. We have assignments throughout the year and we do case based learning which allows us to apply real cases to our learning.

On her course, Bethany is able to use skills that she learnt here at LMC including being organised, learning how to create a healthy work/life balance and time management when it comes to assignments. She also learnt the art of academic writing here at LMC which helped her massively on her University course which added to the fundamental skills needed when doing a degree. 

Bethany said her biggest accomplishment since leaving LMC was

My biggest accomplishment since leaving LMC was securing the place on the degree and then getting 100% in my first year of study.

We asked Bethany, if someone was thinking of joining this course, what would you say to them and her response was

When you’ve been out of education for a while it is a struggle to get back into the swing of things. I found the access course harder than my first year of university, although the amount of assignments are a challenge the time goes so quick and before you know it you are where you want to be. It’s just a bridge to help you get to your destination, give it your time and energy and you will make it. Be organised and enjoy learning. Keeping your end goal in mind will get you through. Good luck, you’ve got this!