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Terri Jolly

Stockton-on-Tees, UK

BSc (Hons) Midwifery Practice

Terri Jolly knew she wanted to be a midwife since secondary school, and took the route of completing an Access course and foundation degree while working as a maternity care assistant before enrolling on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery Practice degree at Sunderland. Her favourite part of the course is being able to use our fantastic facilities in practical sessions and she looks forward to her career as a midwife after graduating.

Before I applied to study for the BSc (Hons) Midwifery Practice degree at the University of Sunderland, I was working for a GP practice as a healthcare assistant, and before this as a maternity care assistant on the antenatal day unit. When I left secondary school, I completed an Access to Health course at college, followed by a foundation degree. I knew I had a passion for midwifery and studying these courses in preparation for applying for university alongside working in maternity care, further strengthened my desire to become a midwife.

I applied to several universities, but ultimately made Sunderland my first choice as the facilities they had to offer were amazing – these include a mock maternity ward, birthing room, home birth suite, and SimMom, which actually simulates a mother giving birth. I got a nice vibe from Sunderland and was very happy when I received an offer.

As a mum of four, with a family and mortgage to support, I was worried about taking the leap to leave my job and start a full-time degree. I was able to apply for student finance which offers extra grants based on your personal circumstances and income. I was also lucky to receive the NHS Learning Support Fund, which is like the NHS bursary.

My favourite part of the Midwifery Practice course is the practical sessions, where we wear our uniforms and spend our day on the mock ward. We’re taught valuable skills that are essential to learn prior to going out on placement, such as venipuncture, simulating emergency situations, and suturing, which have been my favourite so far. I also like the way the timetable is structured, as we have a set block of theory and practical, then a block of placement. The course is setting me up for my future career as a midwife, and one day, I’d love to return to university to complete a master’s degree and become a lecturer in midwifery.

My advice to anyone thinking of studying at Sunderland would be to just go for it! If I can do it, anyone can. There’ll never be a right time as a mature student, so just take the leap – you won’t regret it if it’s your dream. I’d highly recommend the University of Sunderland for midwifery as the facilities and the support of the lecturing team are first-class.

I’ve enjoyed every minute of my degree so far and I’ve met some fantastic people who I’ll be friends with for life. I’ve gained so much confidence and continue to develop my skills every day. I’m thankful I was offered a place on the Midwifery Practice course, and I look forward to an amazing career as a midwife.”

Published 18 March 2024

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