Audrey Owens – UCAS Undergraduate (mature)

Audrey is from Lancashire and is studying Health and Social Care as a mature student.

What made you want to study Health and Social Care?

Over the past 10 years, I had been fostering young offenders. My family no longer wanted to continue. I missed working with other professionals such as social workers, Police and youth offending teams. So I first completed my GCSEs, last year level 3, now I am on my degree in order to become a social worker.

Are you studying full or part-time?

I am studying full-time and have eight hours of lectures per week.

How did you get to where you are today?

I already had my NVQ Level 3 in health and social care before I returned to study.

What was your biggest worry about starting university as a mature student?

Time management, which I still struggle with.

What has been the biggest challenge you've face as a mature student?

There are so many assignments which need to be in all at the same time.

What has been the highlight for you so far?

Finishing those assignments!

If you could change one thing about your university experience, what would it be?

I'd like more time in uni and more lectures.

What would be your top tips for other people wanting to follow the same path as you?

Make sure you organise enough quiet time for doing research.