Eleanor Roberts, a staff nurse from Swansea, is currently studying for her BSc Community Health Studies - Community Mental Health Nursing award. She said:
"I chose to study at Swansea University as I have previously studied here, completing my undergraduate degree in Mental Health Nursing in 2010. It is close to home and I am able to study part time alongside my full time employment. There was also funding available for the majority of the tuition fees from the Welsh Assembly government.
"As I work in the mental health field I am pursuing modules which have a mental health focus. The course is aimed at nurses who work in the community setting and is studied on a part-time basis. It comprises traditional modules alongside modules with a work-based learning component.
"I enjoy the opportunities that I get to meet with people who work in different fields of nursing and sharing clinical experiences, which I feel are contributing to me becoming more confident in my nursing practice.
"I hope to be able to apply the knowledge that I have gained from studying this course to the work-place and I'm hoping that completion of this course will have long term benefits in terms of my career. In fact, studying for the MSc in Community and Primary Health Care Practice has already helped me career-wise, having recently been successful in securing a post as a Community Psychiatric Nurse.
Eleanor has also been impressed by the support she’s received in the College but warns that students should be prepared for hard work. She said: "There is a good level of academic support and lots to do for students moving into the area. It's definitely worth doing if you're interested in the subject area but be prepared for the word-load, it's much bigger than at undergraduate level!"