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Health Student looks forward to Radiotherapy and Oncology Degree after successful results

 UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park Student, Holly Akers, is excited for the next chapter in her studies within the Healthcare Sector. 

Why did you decide to join the UTC?
I joined in Y10 because I was interested in learning technical skills, as no other schools offered this to such a high standard, so it felt like a unique opportunity not to be missed!

Did you enjoy your chosen subjects?
I studied Sport Science, Health Sciences, Psychology and Biology, which I enjoyed and felt like they set me up onto the right path for my university degree. They were all challenging but equally as rewarding, and I’m so glad I made the decision to study them.

How do you feel about your A Level results?
I got D*, D*, D* in Health and Social Care, D* in Sport, B in Psychology and a C in Biology which I am so happy about! I was worried about my results as it’s been quite a difficult time in the current circumstances with everything being uncertain, so I feel more reassured and like my life is back on track.

How have you found lockdown?
I tried to take each day as it comes and set myself little goals to achieve, which definitely motivated me and helped me to maintain positivity. I recently started a new job, so it was challenging to adjust to my new routine, but it was so nice to have a bit of normality back and be in control of my life.

What’s been your biggest achievement?
Developing as a person. I’ve gained so much confidence and improved my personal skills whilst being at the UTC, which makes me happy and I feel like I’ve accomplished something good.

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to study Health and Social Care?
I would advise students to do some research into the Healthcare sector so they know what to expect and to be prepared to work hard at the UTC. I attended an open day where I spoke to a Radiotherapist, which inspired me to go into this field as it sounded exciting and rewarding. It’s good to speak to as many people as possible who are professionals in the subject, so you get a better understanding of it.

Are you excited for your future career?
I am! It’s less nerve-wracking now I have my results and I feel like I can relax a bit as my hard work at the UTC has paid off. I’ve had experience of interviews, personal statements and university applications whilst being here, so I feel really prepared and ready for my new steps. I will be studying a Radiotherapy and Oncology Degree at Sheffield Hallam University, which is incredibly exciting!

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