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BA (Hons) Social Policy, Health & Housing

"This degree was the perfect next step for me as the variety of modules aligned to my interest in both health and housing, and it also enabled me to balance my busy work life too."

Former Rainhill High School student, Sarah, progressed on to the BA (Hons) Social Policy, Health and Housing (Top-up) after completing the FdA Social Policy, Health and Housing at University Centre St Helens.

Commenting on her journey, Sarah said, "I initially studied the level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at St Helens College, which is when I discovered that I could undertake a degree at University Centre St Helens. I really enjoyed my course and studying at the College, so it felt like a natural next step for me, to be able to continue my education."

Sarah's decision-making process focused not only on her work commitments, as a Community Carer for dementia patients, which meant she required studying closer to home, but also a degree which complemented her chosen career path in the care sector.

Speaking about her time on the degree, Sarah explains that a particular highlight was the “level of expert tuition” she received, alongside the “freedom to shape the community elements of the degree”. She said, "The way the lecturers go above and beyond and allow students to have a key involvement in the wider community is extremely beneficial, allowing you to complement the academic studies with practical activities that really make a difference."

She added, "For example, each year, we had been involved in organising a charity collection for the homeless during the winter months, allowing us to see first-hand how we can make an active contribution to tackling real problems within our local community."

The degree also has a mandatory placement module, allowing students to gain additional work experience prior to graduating. Sarah's placement was at Pennington Lodge in Thatto Heath, a service that accommodates families who have lost their homes or who are categorised as being at high risk of losing their home.. This placement provided Sarah with the opportunity to become involved in real-life issues in the community, allowing her to put her extensive work experience and knowledge gained from the degree into "making a difference, where it matters".

Since graduating, Sarah has continued her career within the health sector, now working as a Palliative and Dementia Support Worker. Looking back at her studies, Sarah concludes, " I would recommend the degree to anyone who has a genuine passion for making a difference within the health and social sectors, as well as an interest in improving their local community."