Luke Parsons

"Degree Link prepared me for RGU by offering the same learning and practice structure, but with more opportunities to speak with lecturers and get help with written work."

Luke's journey to university began when he realised that he would need to gain some formal qualifications to progress his existing career in Care. He worked his way up through care qualifications at NESCol before progressing to RGU — an opportunity that would have been unavailable to him if not for Degree Link — and he is now working as a confident and capable healthcare practitioner.

Age: 28
Secondary school: Dyce Academy
NESCol course: HND Care & Administrative Practice
RGU course: B Nursing
Current role: Staff Nurse in the Infection Unit, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Why did you choose the Degree Link route?

I started studying at North East Scotland College on the Level 5 Healthcare course, then progressed to the HNC which offered a seamless transition to RGU. The qualifications I had before College meant that I would not be able to access RGU directly, but the HNC offered me the opportunity to prove myself and my skills.

What's been the best thing about the experience?

Degree Link prepared me for RGU by offering the same learning and practice structure as RGU but with more opportunities to speak with lecturers and get help with written work. The College team and environment are very accommodating and communicate well with RGU, ensuring the quality of work is in line so that Degree Link students are at the same level as their RGU counterparts.

What was the best thing about studying at NESCol?

Being able to approach lecturers face–to–face and discuss issues personally is hugely beneficial. The lecturers build up a personal relationship with you given the size of the class, allowing you to get structured assistance with your education. The Health & Social Care team are hugely experienced in healthcare and are great fun to work with! NESCol offer an introduction into the challenges currently faced in the healthcare environment through a well–balanced curriculum and diverse resources.

What's the best thing about studying at RGU?

The clinical skills department offers a real practical learning environment allowing students to develop the theory they've learned with experienced practitioners overseeing. RGU were creative and inspiring when teaching me the skills I now use in practice, from effective task management through to wound assessments and delivering holistic palliative care.

Would you recommend Degree Link to other students? Why?

Absolutely! NESCol and RGU offer the student the potential to become an effective practitioner within the healthcare system by instilling confidence through committed and stimulating teaching.