Aimhigher study day to raise aspirations for GCSE students

Issue date: 24 March 2006

Aimhigher logo Aimhigher Health Care and the University of the West of England are collaborating with two local NHS Trusts to give year 10 students in Bristol studying Health and Social Care the chance to enhance their GCSE grades and raise their aspirations for future study in the health care professions.

The specially designed study day, is organised by Aimhigher Health Care in collaboration with United Bristol Healthcare Trust and Bristol North Primary Care Trust.

45 year 10 Students from three Bristol Schools will visit the Faculty of Health and Social Care (Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Bristol) on 28 March where they will participate in a series of interactive workshops and get the chance to meet and question health and social care professionals about their roles and responsibilities.

Throughout the day students have to complete exercises and worksheets which will enable them to accomplish Unit 1 of the Health and Social Care GCSE. This will involve talking with professionals such as social workers, nurses, radiographers and midwifes and capturing information about their roles, responsibilities, typical day, qualifications, skills and qualities, as well as how they provide for the needs of the client/service user and the barriers to using services.

Alison Swales (from the Aimhigher Health Care Strand based at UWE) said, “This event is an opportunity for the young people not only to experience a study day which will help them with the GCSE work they are doing, but also to open their eyes about the range of study and career opportunities in this field. Working in small groups the students are given the opportunity to learn more about health and social care services and meet with people who work in those services. They will also get the chance to meet current UWE students and gain an insight into university life. We hope that by exposing the young people to this whole package will raise their awareness of and aspirations to study health care at university in the future – and by supporting them in their GCSE it will increase their attainment to be able to progress onto further study.”

“Year 10 is a crucial point to be working with young people about their future options and we would really like these young students to see further study and higher education as a realistic option.

“We decided to focus on this aspect of the GCSE as teachers find this difficult to 'bring alive' without the involvement of professionals from the Health Service. The event has been designed to provide a deeper knowledge and first hand experience to enable students to achieve higher grades.”

Rebecca Lee from Brislington Enterprise College, one of the teachers involved in the project, said, “The students really enjoy these workshops and the opportunity to meet with health care professionals and current university students. This unique partnership between the Aimhigher, the local Health Care Trusts and local schools is a positive step in supporting young students to appreciate and understand the wider context of Health and Social care in the work place, raising the profile of careers available in the NHS whilst also improving attainment levels”


Editors notes:

Forty five school pupils from Brislington, Hartcliffe and Cotham Schools in Bristol are expected to attend the study day on 28 March 2006.

The event has been organised as part of the Aimhigher Health Care Strand and NHS Schools Liaison work.

Aimhigher - The Government has set a target that by the year 2010, 50 per cent of those aged between 18 and 30 should have the opportunity to benefit from higher education. Aimhigher is a national programme that aims to widen participation in higher education by raising the aspirations and developing the abilities of young people from under-represented groups. In March 2004, HEFCE and the Department of Health announced an allocation of £1 million to each English region for a five-year period 2004-9 to develop an Aimhigher healthcare strand. The programme in the Soh West is focused on developing access to healthcare professions by those from under-represented groups.

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