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Scott Cooke

FdA Social Policy, Health and Housing

"I chose to study the Social Policy, Health and Housing degree in order to further enhance my knowledge within the housing industry and help link theory and practice when it came to social policy issues."


Scott CookeScott joined the foundation degree in Social Policy, Health and Housing at University Centre St Helens in a part-time capacity around his job at local housing association, Golden Gates Housing Trust.

After feeling uninspired at school, Scott left once he had completed his GCSEs knowing that he was more suited to the world of work. Scott from Manchester worked his way up to a management position in the debt management industry before changes in the marketplace led to redundancy and a period of unemployment.

With the help of the Job Centre, Scott successfully secured an apprenticeship with Golden Gates Housing Trust in 2011. Since then, following lots of hard work and support from his employer, he successfully gained a distinction in Certificate in Housing (CIH) level 3 and recently secured a promotion into a managerial position.

Scott, aged 30 said “Although I didn’t mind school, I didn’t apply myself as well as I should have done and left aged 16 with my GCSEs. The struggle to find a new job following redundancy made me evaluate what I wanted to be doing. The apprenticeship gave me such an amazing opportunity to establish a new career”.

Although Scott didn’t hold any A levels, his other qualifications as well as his work experience helped him to gain entry onto the degree.

“I chose to study the Social Policy, Health and Housing degree in order to further enhance my knowledge within the housing industry and help link theory and practice when it came to social policy issues. The course covers a wide range of issues in society such as, healthcare and welfare delivery and having a better understanding of these issues and how they link to housing, really appealed to me.

Along with the course content, I chose University Centre St Helens due to its convenient location, facilities, and the fact that the class sizes would be much smaller meaning that I receive lots of support from my lecturers”.

Now living in Warrington, Scott hopes to progress onto the BA (Hons) top-up degree. He concluded “I’ve come to realise that it is so important to have the qualifications to back up your work experience and I’m so grateful for the investment from my employer to allow this development. I would urge anyone considering undertaking some study to explore their options”