Charity’s Story

From opera singer to maternity nurse

"I wear the Norland uniform with pride and can't imagine studying anywhere else. I feel confident that when it comes time to graduate I will be fully equipped to pursue a successful career in maternity nursing."

Current student, Charity Schofield, describes how she changed university and course focus from classical music to early years in order to pursue a career as a maternity nurse.

"Having spent the majority of my school years focused on music, it seemed self-evident that I would attend music college to train as a classical soprano opera singer. When I left school I took two gap years to mature my voice and audition for a place at music college. I had not considered what I might do after university, but I always felt I would pursue a career that involved working with children. After my first year at the Royal Northern College of Music, I had a summer job nannying for a family near home in Yorkshire. I absolutely loved this job and slowly began to question whether I had chosen the right course to study. I was very hesitant to consider changing at first because I had spent so much time investing in my music education.

With some guidance and encouragement from my family, I explored options in early years education. After reading about Norland (and watching a TV documentary about the College eight times!), it was immediately clear that if I were to take the plunge and change courses, Norland would be the place to go. I have not for one second regretted my decision to study here. We cover such a wide range of modules as well as practical skills training, all of which can be put into practice whilst out on placement.

Compared to my first year at music college, Norland is certainly a different university experience. However, the close knit community has been the perfect environment for me. I love being surrounded by like-minded individuals who all have the same aspirations and passion for childcare. All the lecturers are lovely and are always available should I ever need guidance. I wear the Norland uniform with pride and can't imagine studying anywhere else. I feel confident that when it comes time to graduate I will be fully equipped to pursue a successful career in maternity nursing."

Norland offers a two day Maternity Practitioner course for Norlanders that can be completed to qualify at Level 4 as a Maternity Practitioner and then Maternity Nurse Positions are available through Norland Agency.