Studying at Macclesfield College has enabled a woman to follow her dreams and get into the career she has always aspired towards.

Emma Pettigrew, who worked as a Membership Administrator for an Association Management Company for almost ten years, has always wanted to study Mental Health Nursing and decided to go for it after being pointed in the direction of the Pathways to Employment and Higher Education in Science course at Macclesfield College.

The course is designed to prepare learners for entry into Higher Education by helping develop knowledge, build confidence, improve learning techniques and ensure communication and IT skills are up to the required standard.

Despite Emma already having A-Levels and a previous degree, she felt like there was no time like the present to start something new and get into something she loves.

“I think having my second child and going back to work made me realise life is too short not to be doing something you love and even at my older age of 37, it wasn’t too late to start something new,” said Emma.

“I wanted to study Mental Health Nursing as this is a subject very close to my heart and is such a hugely important and prevalent topic.

“I found the Open Evening at Macclesfield College very welcoming and informative and everyone I approached pointed me towards the access courses in science. I can say hand on heart it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. The course is challenging but all the tutors were amazing. As an adult learner, I can’t recommend the course and college highly enough.”

After successfully completing the course, Emma is now going on to study Mental Health Nursing at Manchester Metropolitan University and has a message for anybody who is unsure about getting back into education later in life.

“To anyone contemplating going back into education, 100% do it. It’s never too late and additional qualifications, at any level, can open so many doors. Don’t be afraid to try something new or push yourself.  First day/week/month nerves are completely normal and natural – most people on your course will be feeling exactly the same.

“Remember everyone is there to help you, your tutors, the library staff, the welcome desk – everyone wants you to do well and will support you in any way they can so ask for help.”

It’s still not too late to enrol at Macclesfield College, so call 01625 410 000 or visit for more information.