A little glimmer of hope. Maybe?Watch
I don't know if my story might encourage one or two people, not to give up on their dreams and hopes for the future.
I didn't really get along with education, I was placed in a remedial class at 7 years old and there I sat till I was 9, by this time point in my life I was practically written off as a "no-hoper". I sat my GCSE's in 1990, my home circumstances weren't great and my parents weren't really bothered at all about my education. Consequently I got:
Child Development and Biology D
History, Maths, English Language and English Literature E
RSA 1 Typing Fail
I was focused and knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be a nurse. I decided to go to college, I was turned down for the "pre-nursing course" as my grades weren't good enough and deemed unable to meet the academic challenges of a BTEC 1st. So I went on to undertake the now defunct City and Guilds 331 in Family and Community Care, which even in 1990 most nursing colleges did not recognise. I also re-sat my GCSE's in English Language and Literature and Child Development. I attained C's In English Literature and Child Development but only a D in English. I passed City and Guilds 331 with 2 Credits and Distinction. I also passed the "Donald Charles Test", again this is now no longer in use, but it proved that I had the academic ability to complete a nursing course. Unfortunately as it took three attempts most nursing colleges wouldn't look at me.
So I got a job as a care assistant, I loved it, but it wasn't what I wanted to do "for the rest of my life". I then got made redundant, the care home went bankrupt. Though devastating at the time, it was the best thing that happened to me as I was offered a place on a pre-nursing course. At last I was on my way. I already had, two failed attempts at getting a place behind me.
A year passed on a pittance of a wage (it was essentially, an apprenticeship) I was, however able to gain 3 NVQ level 3's in Mental Health, Supportive Living and also Promoting Independence. Four years earlier I had been told wasn't capable of passing 4 GCSEs A-C in a year, now I had passed the equivalent of 4 A levels in a year. I also passed GCSE's in Human Physiology and Health and Psychology, both with Grade B's. At the end of it I was able to gain a place at University of Northumbria to undertake a Diploma in Higher Education in Nursing, which I passed in 1998.
In 2003 I went onto gain a BSc (Hons) 2:2 in Health and Social Care and two university certificates and in 2011 I completed a Graduate Diploma in Professional Development with 63%.
I am now a senior staff nurse in a job I love, last year my manager was discussing possible career options with me. I looked into them, but discovered that my lack of GCSE in Maths and English Language at grade C or above prohibited me from taking up many of these options. So at 39 years old it was back to college I went.
I found it really hard work juggling a full time job with part time study and my health isn't great either, my tutors were fab and really supportive. Last Thursday I got my results, to my utter joy I got Maths (foundation paper) C, English speaking and listening 4 and English Language A. I did far better than I expected.
My next plan is now to look towards a teaching qualification.
Hats off to you.