About Caroline

Hi caroline! What can learners expect if they come to study in your department?

Dedicated, committed staff who help students to achieve their best, courses that are challenging and rewarding, and a rollercoaster of emotion throughout the twists and turns of the course.

tell us a little bit about yourself...

I was born in Yorkshire and raised in Wolverhampton. I went to an all girls secondary school (and hated it), then studied maths and science A levels.

I went to university initially to study engineering but didn’t like being away from home. I returned as a mature student and studied a Childhood Studies degree (Wolverhampton).

Prior to working in education, I’d worked in events management, banking and then early years care. I joined Telford College because I wanted the early years workforce to be better – for them to know what practices are better and why. 

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

I see the impact education has on changing people’s lives, opening doors and developing confidence.

How do you and your team get the best out of students?

Build their confidence, have faith in them, give them the foundations (the wings) so that they can fly!

Tell us about specific parts of the courses which are particularly popular with current students, and why.

I think the biggest thing here is the fact the students change their view of education – they realise it can be fun and relevant to them and their careers. They find out who they are as people and harness these skills.
Music – the practicals and using the range of equipment
Computing – being able to build something from nothing (ie a game)
Health – equality in services
Early Years – tackling social exclusion
Access to HE – developing their writing skills and referencing well!

List a few of the main career progression opportunities.

Nurse, paramedic, midwife, biological scientist, health promotion, social worker, behavioural support worker, teacher, family support officer, probation officer, music producer, CAD designer, quality engineer, line manager for engineering, software developer, network manager.

what do you do in your spare time?

Spending time with family, cooking, interior design – planning home renovations etc.




Caroline Bastow






Slipper socks (I hate cold feet), a scarf (that smells of home) and mint tea bags.


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