"The Henley College helped me gain social skills and confidence because my class was smaller, the teaching was more targeted and personal, and I made some amazing friends."
“My name is Maddy and I live in High Wycombe, but am currently at university in Bristol studying midwifery.
I attended The Henley College from 2017 – 2019 and studied Health and Social Care. I achieved D*DD and really enjoyed my time at the College as all the staff are super supportive, friendly, and helpful.
I knew people who had attended The Henley College who said how good it was and when I went to the open day the staff were all so lovely. The College provided the more independent experience I was after to prepare me for university.
Our Health and Social Care teachers always made our lessons interactive where possible, which made learning much more fun and sociable. We had been working hard to submit our assignments at the end of the year and after our submission, we had a picnic to celebrate.
Health and Social Care always seemed the right course for me to prepare for studying at university for midwifery, as it gave an insight to all aspects of care. I cannot remember what first influenced my choice to be a midwife, but it always appealed to me to go down the career path of something extremely rewarding.
The Henley College helped me gain social skills and confidence because my class was smaller, the teaching was more targeted and personal, and I made some amazing friends.
I am really enjoying my time at university studying midwifery. 50% of my course is at a placement in the community or at the hospital, and I find doing practical work is much more rewarding and helps me gain experience that I can apply to my theory work at university. Midwifery is tough and stressful at times but the outcome is gratifying knowing you have supported someone through such an emotional and unforgettable time of their life.
I wish to graduate from university and become a qualified midwife. I also want to travel whilst working as I missed out before university due to the pandemic.
My advice to anyone who is thinking about their next steps after GCSEs is don’t put pressure on yourself to make a decision on such a big choice if you are unsure. You will experience different situations that will guide you to your vocation. If you have an interest in a certain career, try and get some experience, even if it's just a day. This will help you get an idea of whether it’s for you or not.”
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