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Phoebe Lyttle

“I am currently working as a teaching assistant four days a week, so being in college one day is perfect for me as I can continue my job as well as studying. I have always had an interest in mental health and I believe the Foundation Degree in Mental Health will open doors for me to further my career.

After high school I went straight into my teaching assistant role and have been working in this role for six years. I wasn’t previously sure about the options available to me as I didn’t go to college before, however having done some research online I came across the Foundation Degree. Although I live in Birmingham I wanted to come to Hereford for the smaller class sizes and the one day per week commute is not bad at all. I love learning about mental health and have enjoyed working towards my end of year project, which is linked to my workplace.

My advice to anyone thinking about applying for this course would be to just go for it. Everyone is really supportive and friendly, and returning to education after a number of years is not as daunting as I thought it would be. The course is very easy to fit around your work and life.”