Student overcomes A-level heartbreak to fulfil nursing dream

A Coventry student is sharing her story, hoping it will encourage others who do not get the grades they hoped for to pursue Foundation courses.

When the NHS saved Liv Aston’s life it inspired her to pursue a career in nursing but her hopes were halted by A-level heartbreak.

Now she is on track to join her heroes having secured a place to study at Coventry University, thanks to a foundation course at CU Coventry.

The 19-year-old was determined to become a nurse after a diagnosis with type one diabetes at the age of 11 saw her face a prolonged period of hospital treatment.

But the Coventry teenager thought her dreams of nursing were dashed in 2019 after A-level heartbreak, until a foundation course at the CU Coventry campus gave her the stepping stone to re-apply this year.

“To say I was devastated when I got my A-level results is an understatement. I thought my results would prevent me from following my dream”, said Liv.

“In 2019 I was offered an Applied Biosciences foundation course via Clearing at the CU Coventry campus, but when I saw the word ‘foundation’ I was not sure it was the path for me.

“I began to look over what Applied Biosciences meant and learned a lot more about the course, and that it was a small stepping stone for me to progress onto my desired course at the main campus.

“I finally accepted the offer from CU Coventry, and I must say it has been the best decision that I have ever made.

She is now managing her condition and is set to follow in the footsteps of the people she credits with saving her life, after securing a spot on the Children and Young People’s Nursing BSc (Hons) course at Coventry University.

Liv is now looking forward to starting her journey as a student nurse, which includes placements at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, and is urging other school leavers not to overlook the foundation route that offers an alternative path to university if they’ve not achieved the grades they were hoping for.

“Studying a foundation year has allowed me to be a student, to have fun, meet best friends and to have a year where I had no exams, less stress and to really enjoy my first year of being a university student.

“I am so pleased and excited to be starting on the degree this September.”

To find out more about studying at CU Coventry or Coventry University, calling their Clearing hotline on 02476 888 888.