Teenager Katie Hanley is set to achieve her dream of becoming a paramedic after completing a health and social care course at Telford College of Arts and Technology with flying colours.
The 18-year-old, from Dawley, has been accepted onto a Paramedic Science course at Staffordshire University after her BTEC Extended Diploma at TCAT.
The former Phoenix School student is one of the youngest people in the region to be accepted on the university course.
Katie said: “I have always wanted to help people and I knew that becoming a paramedic was the only career for me. In a difficult situation, I want to comfort those involved when they are unable to handle the trauma or pain themselves.
“Taking charge but remaining calm is one of the essential transferable skills. Excellent communication skills are crucial and my studies at TCAT have given me essential knowledge about how to communicate with people who are distressed or in pain.
Katie, who is a strong supporter of the Guide Dogs For The Blind organisation, said: “Through work experience placements, I have become increasingly motivated to help others and be part of the health profession.
“I was lucky to have had three different placements arranged for me by Telford College, including one in a hospital setting.
“I felt that the vocational aspects of the health and social care course at TCAT gave me the best chance of gaining a place at university to become a paramedic.”
She added: “I felt it was important to be taught by tutors who have experienced working within the health care professions.
“I feel I have grown as an individual during my time at TCAT and it has boosted my confidence. I have gained skills that will help me at university such as team work, presentations and the ability to communicate with different types of people.
“To anyone interested in a career in health and social care, I would urge them to sign up no a TCAT course. It’s fabulous! I have had the opportunity to complete different placements and gain practical experience.
“I have learnt from tutors who are experts in their field – my personal tutor is an ex A&E nurse, so she has given me a great insight into the career that I am going to pursue.
The BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at TCAT aims to give students the opportunity to gain vocational experience within the health professions.
It is the equivalent of three A Levels and is a highly valued qualification for those students wishing to pursue careers working in health and social care settings, or wanting to progress onto degrees such as nursing, midwifery, social work and paramedic science.
Tutor Tracy Leah said: “Katie has been a very hard-working student who has always shown a maturity beyond her years and a determination to pursue a career as a paramedic.
“It is unusual for students of Katie’s age to be accepted onto the paramedic science course, so she has done exceptionally well.
“She has a bubbly personality and is always smiling. She has a very calm, caring nature and she has had excellent reports from her placements.
“She has shown that she can communicate with people of all ages and put them at their ease. These will be essential skills in her role as a paramedic.”