Paramedic dream a step closer for former Priestley student

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FORMER Priestley College student Sophie Nunn is now well on her way to becoming a paramedic.

Sophie, who excelled in Applied Science as well as Health and Social Care at Priestley, is now at the University of Worcester studying Paramedic Science.

“The most enjoyable part of the course so far has been clinical skills and stimulation. The university has great equipment, which is identical to what we will be using on the ambulances,” she said.

“It’s bringing the theory side and applying it to the practical side of things and linking them together.”

Worcester’s Paramedic Science course is among the best in the country and Sophie said the most interesting aspect so far had been learning about the skills she would need to be successful.

“We’ve covered professionalism and the different variety of topics such as legal and ethical factors and personal skills that contribute to paramedic practice which aren’t really talked about.”

In summer Sophie was one of two Priestley students who received bronze certificates in the science category of the global BTEC awards. The awards are an annual celebration of the outstanding achievements of learners, tutors, teachers, schools and colleges involved in the qualification.

Sophie achieved a Double Distinction* in Health and Social Care as well as a Distinction* and another Distinction in Applied Science after finishing her college studies. The former Bridgewater High School pupil, who is from Stockton Heath, said the subjects she had studied at college prepared her for university.

“Health and Social Care helped me start to understand the different areas which are present in paramedic practice such as how the systems work together to provide care to service users,” she said.

“Applied Science brought in the foundation for anatomy and physiology, which is taught in bioscience.

“The university course is everything I hoped it to be and more, the description of this course online doesn’t do it justice.”

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