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"It's very useful being able to put theory into practice in real life situations"

Alison Heblich


Alison has a busy role as a Trainee Cardiac Physiologist at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust while studying for a BSc in Healthcare Science as part of her degree apprenticeship.

"It is very useful being able to put theory into professional practice."

"I wanted an opportunity to train in a flexible working environment whilst working towards a qualification which would enable me to do more in my current professional role – so I was very excited when I found out that I had been given a place on the course. I have found the apprenticeship an ideal way of achieving this whilst still working in a clinical environment doing a job I enjoy.

Obviously I have enjoyed getting paid a wage while I learn – however, it is also very useful being able to put theory into professional practice and experience how aspects of healthcare science work in real life situations. The best part about my job role is the people I meet every day. I love the fact that by having a caring and professional approach to healthcare, we can make such a difference to people's lives."


"The coursework has probably been the most difficult aspect of the course for me as I have a busy work schedule and work across sites between Scarborough and York. I get very little time to study during working hours apart from the allocated 20% off-the-job time, and therefore spend most evenings and weekends studying at home or in the hospital library. It is also a long time since I studied, having left school in 1984! Even the basics of referencing and using electronic document formatting has been difficult where I have had to learn many new skills from scratch. My grades haven’t been too bad so far though, and I am very proud of how far I have come since starting the degree.

I would recommend Sheffield Hallam to anyone. I look forward to going for study block weeks as I always stay in Sheffield and the university feels comfortable and friendly. The people I have met, from fellow apprentices to lecturers and mentors, have all been amazingly supportive and we get on well as a group. I have pushed boundaries and tested myself in ways that I never imagined I could. Just remember NEVER GIVE UP! It’s hard work but if it wasn’t, everyone would have a degree!"

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