Aylesbury campus


Date: 31st Oct 2016

Students taking a Foundation Degree, Assistant Practitioner at University Campus Aylesbury Vale have pointed to a range of reasons for taking up the course, including easy access, professional surroundings and outstanding facilities.

The programme has options which enable practitioners in community health, education and social care to meet continuing professional development needs and develop expertise in their specific area of professional practice.

University Campus Aylesbury Vale is a partnership between Aylesbury College and Buckinghamshire New University and the two-year  Foundation Degree, Assistant Practitioner shows the benefits of the partnerships as it is offered in Aylesbury and at the University’s campus in Uxbridge, giving flexibility to students.

The Aylesbury campus has opened its doors to its second intake of students, with more than 200 students joining over 100 returning for their second year.

Claire Dowd (left) is a healthcare assistant at Harefield Hospital in Middlesex and said University Campus Aylesbury Vale met her needs perfectly as she lives in nearby Wendover, meaning a short journey to and from her studies.

Claire said: “The biggest adjustment for me is getting used to studying in a classroom again. I tell my children to do their homework and now I’m getting used to doing mine again!

“My aim is that my course here will lead onto a position as a nurse at Harefield Hospital and I am enjoying the professional surroundings offered here. I am excited by the opportunities the course offers.”

Perceelyn Mhere is a support worker at Mencap in High Wycombe but lives in Aylesbury and can walk to the campus in 15 minutes. “This campus suits me perfectly,” said Perceelyn. “The facilities are good and continue to improve.

“I previously completed an Access to Higher Education course with Aylesbury College and after completing this course I aim to progress to a BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree at Bucks New University.”

Another student, Marielba Pilsbury, is originally from Venezuela in South America and has a different attraction to studying at University Campus Aylesbury, undertaking a four-hour round trip from her home near Peterborough once-a-week to take the course.

She said she is ‘fascinated’ by the new building and the possibilities it offers.

Marielba said: “We are very lucky to have the opportunity to be among the first people to use this facility. It is modern, spacious and has great surroundings which are perfect to study in.”

Marielba is a maternity care assistant in Infant Feeding at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, and added: “My aim is that this course will lead me on to a career in midwifery.”

Find out the range of options available through studying a Foundation Degree, Assistant Practitioner and also enquire about progression routes for further study by emailing advice@bucks.ac.uk.

Picture captions: Students at University Campus Aylesbury Vale and student Claire Dowd.


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