Eyes Open To New Experiences

Health and Social care students have visited the pathology and histology departments at Treliske this month. Students commented, “it was really interesting” and “I didn’t really know what these hospital departments were about, but now I think that lab work could be a possible career for me”.

This follows on from their post mortem experience accessed through the Vivit programme and facilitated by Next Steps South West where the students were able to see, touch and feel the dissection of the major anatomical cavities and their organs and organ systems. Students described this event as “awesome”, “mindblowing” and “fascinating” and it has encouraged one student to apply to study forensic pathology at university.

Heather Metcalf, Health and Social Care Lecturer at Penwith College said: “The Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma course has a science pathway or a social pathway, which students decide to follow in the second year. This year our science route students have been offered university places to go on to study subjects such as paramedic science, midwifery, adult or children’s nursing. Some have been offered places at top Russell group universities while others have chosen to study at a university closer to home. The social pathway has led students to further study and employment in counselling and psychotherapy, criminology, social work... the list is endless.”

“This course is broadly focused at the outset and allows students to explore career options throughout the course with work placements, voluntary work and trips and visits like the ones we have been on recently with a view to specialising in a particular area. Students often enrol on the course with no clue where it may take them and leave as driven, enthusiastic students looking forward to a university course that will lead them directly into a job.”