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How hard is Access to Nursing course?

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stottiecake Sun 10-Aug-14 20:25:17

I am enrolled on the one year course, starting in September. My loan is in place and I have a start date but I am beginning to slightly freak out a bit! Am starting to think I won't be able to do it.

My mum has Alzheimers and although she lives independently she needs a lot of support and its down to me mostly. I have a 5yo and a 3yo.

I think I am feeling daunted after being a sahm for nearly 6 years having a few relationship problems too. Probably a midlife crisis to boot. Urgh.

Thanks for any advice smile

Violetcloud Sun 10-Aug-14 21:28:59

Is this an access to HE course, with subjects for nursing pathway or a specific nursing course?

I just finished an access to HE course and it was hard. Not unbearable though, and the tutors all understood that the students had a lot of other stuff going on, so were flexible. We had four subjects, each of which required an assignment to be handed in every 6 weeks. I'm incredibly lazy with regards to homework and managed just fine, so don't stress. Lots of other students will have children and busy lives, so you'll probably support each other. It's completely worth it, and once you get into the swing of things you'll be ok. Try and set out a plan of what times you'll do coursework, and stick to it, as time management it the hardest struggle.

caykon Sun 10-Aug-14 21:35:30

I have no advice to give. But am about to start the same course in September, feeling really nervous about it!

stottiecake Sun 10-Aug-14 21:48:30

I am (was!) hoping to go on to do a degree in speech and language therapy. I have quite a lot of experience working with people with communication difficulties.

I think I am starting to doubt myself! Am waiting for my gcse maths result (21st!) Even tho' maths was always my worst subject I am far more daunted by this!

stottiecake Sun 10-Aug-14 21:50:35

Good luck Caykon! smile

Alreadyaugust Sun 10-Aug-14 21:54:39

I know a couple of girls who have done this course. They both found it ok, quite a bit of course work, but nothing too daunting, certainly not as hard as A levels. They both worked part time as carers whilst doing the course too. Both work as nurses now. Stay organised and keep on top of the work and I'm sure you will be fine.

Mammicar Sun 17-Aug-14 10:47:14

I've just finished access to health professions. It is hard but manageable. I have 3 boys 12, 7 and 3 all with ADHD. I'm off to uni in sept now x

stottiecake Tue 19-Aug-14 13:53:58

Congratulations Mammicar! Really hope to be in your position this time next year smile

natharley11 Sun 31-Aug-14 09:48:41

I did it last year a lot of work.
I did it with a 2 yr old was def something you had keep on top of.
However my college was v supportive and did ease us in gently good luck x

stottiecake Sun 07-Sep-14 07:41:09

Thanks natharly. Starting tomorrow - feeling nervous!

madamemuddle Sun 07-Sep-14 08:03:31

I haven't done it but just wanted to say you will be fine.

Stay on top of your work and reassure yourself that you can do it (like you would a child!). Success is down to mental attitude more than anything else.

Very best of luck. smile

SecretSpy Sun 07-Sep-14 08:12:22

good luck with it. Some of my colleagues did the access course and it was quite challenging. I was lucky that my a levels were recent enough that I didn't have to do it.

but I've been qualified for nearly 14 years now and it's fab

stottiecake Wed 19-Nov-14 23:48:08

checking in! absolutely love it but feeling massively under pressure and doubting myself a bit. have a lot to get done before Christmas hols and doubting that i'll get it done. I have worked every opportunity at home but dh works evening and wknds so its frustrating that I can't work as much having 2 young boys. love my fellow students we have really bonded - just need to feel worthy of my place and confident about my ability to get it done. have been disappointed with some marks (merits rather than distinction) but its a learning curve just to figure out what you need to do to get the extra marks. hum ho! got distinction for a presentation today tho' grin

caykon Sat 13-Dec-14 12:59:11

Glad it's going well for you, I'm also loving it. Luckily my work is all in now, that needs to be done before Christmas, got till 13th jan before next essay due :-) have you applied to uni? I hot accepted at my first choice last month and that has really spurred me on.

HollyJollyDillydolly Mon 05-Jan-15 20:36:32

Glad you're enjoying it. I'm looking into access to he courses for September this year with the hope of going onto university afterwards but the degree asks for all units to be distinctions shock

stottiecake Sun 11-Jan-15 23:55:01

well done Caykon! have applied to uni just waiting to hear about an interview hmm managed to get all work in so fsr but got exams for the next 2 weeks. really love it but feeling guilty about time spent away from boys while working - and being preoccupied when I am with them!! hopefulli should have 12 credits at distinction in the bag at the end of this semester. the other9 are still all to play for!! confused grin

stottiecake Sun 11-Jan-15 23:57:17

Holly its hard but definitely very doable - go for it I say!! there's a student who needs all distinctions for midwifery and she's succeeding - she is super organised tho ( unlike me..)

stottiecake Mon 26-Jan-15 22:49:56

Got 18 credits at distinction and waiting to hear about the last 3 - fingers crossed! Got a week off between semesters - new semester starting Monday. Feeling pleased that I managed to make it so far - has been the most rewarding and enjoyable educational experience of my life so far. met some great people to boot. smile

chocolatespiders Fri 07-Aug-15 21:12:07

How did it go? was the course full time?

I am currently looking for a part time one as I can not afford to give up work as a lone parent.

Blushingm Tue 18-Aug-15 01:24:03

I've just finished access to nursing and midwifery and am due to start uni in March

I have 2 dc, work pt, have unhelpful in laws, my mum died on day 2 of the course, November I had appendicitis, January wrote off me car, February had held hostage at knife point and had a bad year depression wise but I still passed.......its def doable

Loulou88C Sun 14-Aug-16 15:54:51

Hi guys, I start an Access to Nursing course this month and was wondering if anyone has done this before? I'm looking forward to it, but starting to doubt myself. I know its a pretty intensive course. any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Lj8893 Sun 14-Aug-16 16:03:14

Hi LouLou,

I completed the course last year. I did 2 full days a week at college and did lots of study at home. I didn't find the work particularly difficult but it was intense, generally i had one assignment to complete a week (at least!).

user1471805309 Sun 21-Aug-16 20:06:28

I'm due to start mine in a couple of weeks too and am also after some info on what in entails ? Iv heard it's a lot of biology ? X

Lj8893 Sun 21-Aug-16 20:16:50

Think every college does it slightly differently but I had to do biology as part of mine, and I had to choose 2 other subjects (out of 4). I did psychology and sociology. On top of those subjects we did academic skills which was just how to write an essay, references etc etc.

Loulou88C Sun 21-Aug-16 20:35:11

Everyone is saying the same which is good. Yeah my rota is a lot of biology and chemistry amongst others. Looking forward to it.

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