Ellie Warwick BMedSci in Health and Human Sciences

When did you graduate?Elenor Warwich Graduating

July 2012

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

I had originally applied to study Human Resources in Leeds University. I had achieved all the A Level requirements for that course but over the summer before starting I worked as a health care assistant in my local nursing home. That experience completely changed my outlook on what I wanted to get out or work and life. I decided not to go ahead with the Human Resources course and looked at the courses on offer via clearing and the BMedSci Health and Human Sciences course really appealed to me. The course modules looked really interesting and provided a holistic view of health care I was hoping to gain. I'd only heard amazing things about Sheffield so I was keen to apply.

What did / do you think of Sheffield?

I hadn't visited Sheffield before I arrived on my first day! The first thing I noticed was how green the city was and how friendly the people were. I was very lucky with my housemates at halls and the students union was a great place to start socialising with others. Public transport was great and I felt very safe in the city.

What advice would you give to prospective Health and Human Sciences students?

I would say to really pursue your interests within the scope of the modules. Many of the assignments ask you to focus on a condition/area of your choice within the remit of the discussion question. I felt this was a great way for me to consider what I was passionate about, it's also good to keep in mind that this course could be a platform for further career development.

I would also suggest to start thinking of ideas for the dissertation early on. I found that I could have started earlier which would have benefited me in the long run. Take advantage of the tutorial support on offer!

What was the most enjoyable and rewarding part of the course?

The placement aspect of the third year of the course gave me the opportunity to study abroad within the Erasmus exchange programme. I spent eight weeks completing a module in public health at the University of Maastricht in The Netherlands. The experience allowed me to travel, meet new people and study at another reputable university. It is something I will never forget.

What are you doing now?

I am currently in my second and final year of studying a Masters in Occupational Therapy at London South Bank University.

Do you think your degree helped (is helping you) further your career?

Yes! I worked as a Band 4 MDT Coordinator in a large NHS hospital before returning to study. I was told by my manager that my application of this Health and Human Sciences degree in practical situations gave me the edge over other candidates.

The degree gave me the prerequisite qualifications to allow me to apply for masters courses. I was able to highlight in my applications how the modules I studied can influence my abilities in an occupational therapy career. I am finding that the content of my learning at Sheffield University is continually supporting my practice at a masters level; especially completing my masters dissertation!

In addition to this, I believe that my experience at Sheffield University has given me more than academic skills; I am now more confident and driven to achieve my goals!

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