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First Step to Health Degrees for Pathway Students

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First Step to Health Degrees for Pathway Students

Students on the Notre Dame Pathway attended a Health & Social Care Taster Day thanks to Bradford College, Leeds Trinity University and Go Higher West Yorkshire.

The virtual event, which took place on April 21, focused on the range of degree options available to students once they complete a level 3 health & social care course at Notre Dame. Students on our Pathway join us after year 11 and boost their GCSE profile by studying level 2 BTEC/ CTEC qualifications such as health and social care, and retaking GCSE English Language or Maths if required. After a year, they progress to level 3 courses with us, so higher education taster days help them to understand and explore where their qualifications can lead them. 

The Bradford College and Leeds Trinity University staff welcomed our students to the virtual session, then set them an ‘all about HE’ quiz, which included questions about apprenticeships. After discussing higher education in more depth, the presenters moved on to the benefits of student life, before beginning a series of subject-specific talks. The degree courses described included Health & Social Welfare, Early Years and Childhood, Teaching and Education, and Criminology. This was followed by a careers and employability session to help our students understand the key skills employers look for, and the wide range of potential job roles available in the health and social care sector. Those attending were then given time for reflection prior to posing questions for a team of student ambassadors to answer.

Miss Harrison, Acting Head of Health and Social Care, said “Our students really enjoyed this engaging introduction to different higher education options, and it helped them gain wider knowledge about higher education. This consequently has now motivated them to think about where they would like to progress to after Notre Dame, and consider new and different options!”

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