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Seweryn Szaja

“Having worked in a health and social care environment for the past 4 years, I was eager to start a relevant qualification that would help me with future career progression and the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care was a perfect fit for me. As this course is 1 day a week of teaching, I’m able to fit it in between work too so I am not missing out on income. I live between Worcester and Hereford but I chose to study at Hereford, as it meant the class sizes would be smaller. This was a great decision for me, as the groups are smaller, which not only makes it a friendlier environment and more focused, but it means we have more discussions together and learn from each other, as well as the tutors.

The course is really well structured and I feel like not only am I learning from the tutors, but they’re also really supportive and really push you forward to be the best you can be. I’ve just had my feedback back from the first semester which was really good and that has motivated me to try even harder. The best part is working in the environment, as I can really see that what I am learning can be applied in the real world and how application of the theory into practice really helps reinforce the learning.

I am now working for Adult Social Care as an Assessment and Enablement Officer. I feel that in this role I am able to use my skills and knowledge learnt from the course to continuously develop myself professionally. I am hoping that by the time I complete my foundation degree I will be able to enrol onto a social work apprenticeship through my employer, which would allow me to achieve a full degree whilst learning on the job.

Studying the course allowed me to make measurable progress in my career in a short space of time and I can't wait to see what the future holds. I would really recommend this course for anyone who is looking to build up their skills and knowledge in Health and Social Care.”