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Alice – BSc (Hons) Sport & Health Science

Alumni Alice thrived during her time at the University Centre and is now saving lives as an Emergency Care Assistant!

"The lectures, teachers, and friendships I forged along this journey were truly remarkable, I thank every person I met throughout the journey."

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Hometown: Redruth

Course: FdSc Sports Therapy and BSc (Hons) Sport & Health Science

Career: Emergency Care Assistant at the Southwest Ambulance Service Trust

My Story: 

Having previously studied her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Fitness at Truro and Penwith College, Alice was already familiar with the campus and some of the lecturers. Her decision to enrol at University Centre Truro & Penwith was influenced by its proximity to her home, allowing her to balance studies and part-time work effectively. The university’s excellent reputation and high-quality lectures played a crucial role in her choice, setting the stage for a successful academic journey.

Starting her degree without a clear career path in mind meant that Alice took advantage of the career aspects of her course, including specific modules, enjoying visits from the NHS trust, and meeting with the University Centre Careers and Employability Lead, which helped her to gain her current role as an Emergency Care Assistant with the Southwest Ambulance Service Trust. Alice’s role involves promptly addressing 999 calls, ensuring patients receive the right care as quickly as possible – whenever and wherever they need it. She explained:  “I handle critically ill and injured patients, utilising advanced equipment and a range of medications, while getting the patient to the right hospital for their ongoing treatment.” The anatomy and physiology and public health units from her course are directly applicable to Alice’s current role. Soft skills such as meeting deadlines and effective communication, gained during her studies, contribute to her success every day.

Alice said: “The ‘public health’ and ‘anatomy and physiology’ lectures and practical’s were my favourite aspects of the course. When I initially began the program without a clear career path in mind, these components greatly helped me gain clarity and determine my future direction after completing this degree.”

“I feel that the talks we had about careers and visits from NHS Trust representatives were very helpful in preparing me for my employment within the trust. The interview practise that I had with Louise Clarke was incredibly useful, with me learning new techniques to make sure I got the job I wanted.”

“During my university years, I received tremendous support from the tutors and staff. Every person I encountered was exceptional, and whenever I had queries or faced challenges, I felt at ease seeking assistance, knowing that I would receive prompt and helpful responses.”

“The course offered excellent flexibility in terms of scheduling, allowing me to balance my work, family, and friends. This aspect greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the course, as I had ample time to devote to other commitments while pursuing my studies.”

“The completion of my degree, passing all of my elements and getting a high grade are my most proud achievements, though my best highlights are the friendships I made whilst studying here.”

“The lectures, teachers, and friendships I forged along this journey were truly remarkable, I thank every person l met throughout the journey.”

“Years after finishing my degree at this university I am still receiving support and congratulations from Louise in the careers office, I am so thankful for her part in getting me my job straight after studying and for helping me on the ladder to the career path that I wanted.”

Alice’s advice to someone looking to follow her career footsteps is: “For those wanting to become an ECA or Paramedic, choosing the best route for you is the most important thing. Whether that be studying Paramedic Science at university or to join through an ECA apprenticeship.”

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