December 2022

Jasmine’s Story

By Jasmine Ghulam

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Jasmine Ghulam

Nursing (Adult) BSc (Hons)

Going for her goal

Jasmine previously worked as a healthcare assistant in a care home, but had a good level of experience and drive to become a nurse. She just didn't have the right entry requirements to apply direct for the degree in nursing.

"I did some research and applied for the Access to Higher Education in Social Science and Health course at University College Birmingham," she said.

"The access course really helped to boost my confidence after so many years of being out of education and raising my children.

"I was really worried with so much to juggle - studying, home life and placements, but the support I have received from lecturers has been beyond amazing. Because our groups are small, it’s so much more personal. I’m not sure I could have coped had I gone to another university where the intake for nursing is massive."

She said her placements had been incredibly varied and she'd experienced so many opportunities.

"My first placement started in the midst of Covid, which was challenging, but I felt like I was really contributing," said Jasmine, who hopes to specialise in cardiology or ITU when she graduates.

“My advice to any mature student would be follow your dreams," she said.

"It’s tough trying to balance family life and you may have to complete the one-year access course before progressing to the degree, but it’s up to us to make things happen and not give up when it gets tough.”

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