As part of HNC’s National Career Week celebrations, Year 12 Applied Health and Social Care students took part in a hands-on taster day at the University of Huddersfield, where they discovered more about their dream careers within the Nursing and Allied Health sector.

Students studying a qualification in Applied Health and Social Care aspire to work closely with people, often progressing to a related role in areas such as Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Paramedic Science. Throughout the course, students at HNC have multiple opportunities to engage with a wide range of professionals and universities to support their career plans and develop the skills needed to successfully to progress to their chosen careers, helping them to become their best selves. Last week, HNC’s Year 12 Health and Social Care students were invited to attend the University of Huddersfield’s School of Human and Health Science faculty, where they took part in a variety of engaging practical sessions in the University’s state of the art facilities, including mock laboratories and ambulances, gaining a genuine insight into life as a health care professional.

During the visit, the group took part in sessions ranging from Occupational Therapy to Paramedic Science, and worked on skills such as CPR, preparing for surgery and using health care equipment in the specially designed facilities. The group also heard more from the team about the different undergraduate degree programmes available at the university, the careers they could progress to from their degrees, and what life as a student at the university would look like.

Zoe Potts, Faculty Lead Enrich Health and Sport, comments “Students studying Applied Health and Social Care develop a wide range of skills that support progression to a range of Allied Health Professions, as well as areas such as Nursing, Midwifery, Teaching and Social Work. We work closely with a variety of professionals and our partners at the University of Huddersfield to build on the skills our students learn in the classroom to support their progression and inspire their next steps. Our visit to the University of Huddersfield has provided our students with an opportunity to practise the skills learnt in the classroom in state-of-the-art facilities, giving them a flavour of what they can expect from their future careers. I know that our students have been inspired to consider a wide variety of next steps post-HNC and I look forward to supporting their applications to university as they progress beyond HNC”.

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