Nathaly Bartsch

Nathaly Bartsch left school with few qualifications, but her determination to pursue her dream career means she achieved her dream of starting a degree in Pharmacy.

When mother of three, Nathaly, researched her career options she decided she wanted to pursue a career as a pharmacist. Having left school with few formal qualifications, she contacted De Montfort University in Leicester to enquire about their Pharmacy degree and was advised to enroll on the Access to Higher Education (Science) Diploma at Leicester College first.


Wanting to prepare for higher level study, Nathaly first completed level 2 Adult Literacy and Numeracy and attended Rutland Adult Learning for further maths learning. Nathaly also read self-study AS-level science books at home and then completed the Access course in 2010. She began her degree in September 2011 and is volunteering as an assistant in adult and primary education classes too, so she can pass on her love of science.

Despite having family responsibilities, a lack of income and managing a visual impairment, Nathaly’s determination means she is on track to her chosen career. She said, “I truly hope that I can inspire people who are in a similar situation to me, to step out of the boat and make the first steps towards a life-changing experience”.