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Course delight for working mums

Stephanie Cheshire and Mehwish Khan have discovered they’ve got plenty of things in common.

They’re both 27-year-old working mums from Wellington who turned to Telford College of Arts and Technology to give their careers a boost.

No wonder they’re smiling – since signing up on the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, they haven’t looked back.

Mehwish, a former Ercall Wood Technology College student, says the college has ‘made me what I am today’, which includes being accepted as a special constable.

She has also started her own charity page on Facebook, helping vulnerable and needy people in Pakistan. The Pakistan Poverty Eradication Program now has a team of seven volunteers.

Mehwish, a mother of three, says: “The people at TCAT have accepted me for what I am. You get one-to-one time with tutors, and great support, which is ideal when you’re juggling education with being a parent.

Stephanie, who went to school in Wrockwardine Wood, first came to TCAT in 2007 on a public uniformed services course, and says she was delighted to get the opportunity to return.

“Having studied here before, I remembered the very supportive staff who helped me to progress as a person.

“If I had known about the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care when I was doing public services the first time I was here, I would certainly have been interested in joining it.

“Some of the career paths are the same, with similar units looking at areas such as management, law and legislation, and probation.”

Mehwish and Stephanie both intend to progress to university at the end of their two year TCAT course to top up their foundation degree to a full honours degree with the University of Wolverhampton.

They have already taken on work placements as part of their studies – Mehwish in the Customer Communities Network at housing group Bromford, and Stephanie with a homeless charity in Shrewsbury.

Caroline Bastow, higher education co-ordinator at TCAT said: “The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care is all about providing people with the knowledge of issues, policies, services and theories which apply to careers in this booming sector of the economy.

“All of our two-year foundation degrees can be topped up to a full BA (Hons) degree with an extra year at university.”


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