CARING and hard-working student, Rachael Byram, 18, from Chester, has achieved a prestigious offer at Liverpool University to study nursing.
Achieving a triple distinction (DDD) in her BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3, Rachael’s success reflects the high standards achieved this year by West Cheshire College’s Health & Social Care students.
As well as managing a part-time job and a busy college work schedule, Rachael has cared for her grandfather Tim Fitton, who recently suffered a stroke, throughout her studies. Rachael helps her grandfather by ensuring he takes his medicine, feeds him and helps improve his general mobility around the house.
Rachael, who came straight to West Cheshire College after completing her GCSEs at school, and has always wanted to pursue a career in nursing, decided that the BTEC course provided a more rounded learning experience than traditional A-levels.
Rachael explains: “The BTEC course not only provided me with the knowledge and theory of health and social care, but provided me with excellent practical work experience with Age Concern, children’s nurseries and primary schools. This experience I feel will be invaluable for my degree and future career in nursing.”