Jennifer Marsh

Studied BA Hons Health and Social Care at B&FC • Adult Learner/Career Change (Age: 28) / Graduated July 2019


My Story

“I was working part-time in a care home for adults with mental illnesses and I wanted to better myself with qualifications. I chose to come here because I knew I would be getting a Lancaster University degree but, with having children, I wouldn’t have been able to travel all the way to Lancaster. It was perfect really, and so accessible because when I first started I couldn’t drive and it was close to my home.”

My B&FC

“In the first year, we went on a trip to Preston Crown Court which was really useful and interesting to see! The class sizes on my course were perfect for me, and as time went on they got more intimate as people dropped out, especially in the third year which meant I could have even more interaction with tutors. I also loved that in my course I could tailor it around my preferences. So, for example, I did my dissertation on mental health because that’s what I was most interested in. I loved that I had the chance to choose exactly what I wanted to study, to some extent. I was timetabled to study one day a week, which was classed as a full-time course but fit really well around my full-time job, volunteering and my children. I can definitely say that the support has only improved throughout the years I attended Blackpool and the Fylde College, and I honestly believe that I wouldn’t be where I am now without coming to study here. Even to the point that, when I give presentations now, I don’t even recognise myself! This course has given me an amazing amount of confidence, and I would definitely say to new students that it’s so important not to suffer in silence if you’re struggling; no matter what your issue is, speak to somebody and they can help.”

My Next Move...

“I’m looking forward to just carrying on helping people in a job that was a dream and is now a reality! I feel really passionate about helping children learn about resilience, I think it’s really important.”

My Opportunities

“I was lucky enough to start volunteering with the Lancashire Mind bounce forward team in April 2018, where I go into primary schools and teach children about resilience. I love it so much and it’s now been my job since March 2019! I would honestly say I’m in my dream job, and it’s thanks to my degree that I got the role because it gave me the confidence to go for it.” 

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"I honestly believe that I wouldn’t be where I am now without coming to study here. Even to the point that, when I give presentations now, I don’t even recognise myself!"