Part-time study is perfect for full-time mum Sarah

After spending some years as a full-time stay-at-home mum, Sarah Finegan decided that she wanted to kick-start her career and work towards her goal of becoming a qualified church minister.

When researching what credits and qualifications she would need to undertake ministerial training, Sarah found that she needed to add some up-to-date qualifications to support her UCAS application.

When looking at a range of courses to help her meet the credit total she needed, Sarah discovered the part-time COSCA Certificate in Counselling course delivered at Sighthill Campus.

“I had heard this course was great for life learning and the fact that it would support my UCAS application was brilliant”, said Sarah.

“The course has really built my confidence and it was a joy come to college every Tuesday evening knowing that I was doing something for me and what I wanted to do next”.

“I was quickly reminded that I do have skills to offer people and I enjoyed feeling that I was further developing those skills each week.

Sarah studied at the College’s Sighthill Campus every Tuesday evening for two years under the tutorage of Jim Flowers.

“The mode of study was absolutely perfect for me, and I would imagine for many other full-time parents. I was able to look after my children during the day and then come to college at night to attend all my classes.

“The classes themselves were brilliant.  The highlight was our tutor, I learned so much by just watching him interact with our group and if anyone ever had any issues or questions, he always went the extra mile to help us achieve what we wanted to learn next.”

Looking to the future, Sarah still has plans to become a church minister but first intends to complete a diploma in person-centred counselling having enjoyed her learning experience at Edinburgh College so much.

When we asked Sarah to sum up her Edinburgh College experience in three words, she said: “Encouraging, student-centred and a launching pad”.