University success for our Bridging Skills learners

The first group of healthcare support workers to have completed our Bridging Skills for HE qualification have achieved their dream of studying nursing at university. Read the Guardian article about the Bridging Skills Programme here.

Single mother Alexandra Gibson, 26, is among the first group of healthcare support workers to be offered a place at university to study nursing as a result of the pioneering Skills for Health Bridging programme. Whilst working as a healthcare assistant at a local community hospital in Dorset, she completed the OCN London Level 3 Certificate in Bridging Skills for Higher Education, studying one day a week at the College to gain the qualification. 


Read Alexandra’s blog here.


Combined with relevant vocational qualifications in health and social care at level 3 (which Alexandra had already achieved) the Bridging Skills for HE Certificate is designed to provide motivated and capable healthcare and social care workers who do not have the traditional entry qualifications, with an alternative route into university. The course covers areas such as essay writing, project work, referencing and interview skills. It attracts 70 UCAS points.


Bournemouth and Poole College has just recruited another cohort to start for September 2016. Eleven students, recommended by their employers (local Trusts), have been offered a place on the programme.

Find out more about the qualification here.

Click here to visit the Skills for Health website.








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