Health and social care case study

 Mark Steel - FdA Health and Social Care

Why did you choose to study at Newcastle College?
I had studied here previously when I did my Level 3 in Health and Social Care and really enjoyed it. I wanted to progress and gain a degree so it made sense for me to come back to study at the College as I knew I’d have a positive experience.

What are the facilities like at the College?
The facilities are great. There’s a dedicated study space for higher education students in the building I’m taught in which is really useful. It’s a good space to work in as it’s quiet and there’s staff on hand if you need any help. I also spend quite a lot of time in the library conducting research for my assignments. It’s got lots of journals and books that help support my learning.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
I really enjoy the theory side of the course and being able to apply what I’ve learnt in the classroom in a real life setting. I’m fascinated by development theories and leading theorists and their perspectives and the course enables me to broaden my knowledge of the health and care sector.

Do you like the fact that assessment is not all based around exams?
I don’t really like exams. I like to study in short bursts where I can take it at my own pace, so coursework is ideal for me. I love reading up on topics of interest in journals and commissioned reports. Being able to do a variety of assessments such as portfolios and projects means that I can take my time over my work which is one of the great things about the course.

Have you had the opportunity to go on a work placement as part of your degree?
Yes, I am currently doing a placement with Gateshead Youth Offending where I work with young people aged 16-18 where I deliver workshops surrounding addictive behaviour, youth offending and substance misuse. I really enjoy working with young people and this placement has really helped me to develop my professional skills.

How do you think learning from industry experienced tutors benefits you?
It really benefits me as the tutors bring real-life work examples to the classroom so you’re able to see how what you’re learning applies to industry.

How would you describe the staff at the College?
The staff are great, they’re really nice and welcoming and really put you at ease. It’s a friendly environment to learn in which makes it a lot easier. The non-teaching staff are also really helpful and always points me in the right direction if I have any queries.