For the last couple of months, the spotlight has truly shone on our amazing NHS and other workers across the science and healthcare sector. As a result, Nottingham College has seen a surge in applications for its science and care courses, with 20% more applicants this year, compared to the same time last year.
The College currently has more than 1200 students of all ages studying one of the many tailored courses the College offers in this area.
With technologies advancing all the time, there are plenty of opportunities available for students who are wishing to pursue careers in one of the science, health and social care industries, whether it’s pharmaceutical, care, medical research, biomedical, or midwifery, there are numerous routes to choose from.
The sector is particularly significant in Nottingham, with the presence of BioCity, MediCity and the headquarters of Alliance Boots, all situated in the City, making Nottingham well known for pharmaceuticals and an important driver of innovation.
Two hundred Level 3 Science and Health and Social Care students progress from the College each year, onto a wide range of health-related degrees at university, including The University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent and The University of Derby, studying: Nursing and Midwifery, Mental Health Nursing, Adult Nursing, Social Work, Health and Social Care, Biomedical Science, Healthcare Science and many more.
The science, health and social care industry is broad and highly rewarding, and demand for workers in these sectors is high.- Ruth Perry, Nottingham College Head of Faculty Science, Health and Care
As part of Nottingham’s current Health and Social Care recruitment drive, Nottingham City Council is looking to recruit 1600 extra workers in social care.
Ruth explains: “Nottingham City Council has been in contact and recruiting our current students, which is a fantastic opportunity to kick-start their careers. There’s also financial support out there for students hoping to progress into nursing, like the £5000 NHS Maintenance Grant.”
The College’s Access to HE courses, in both Nursing and Midwifery, and Health and Social Care, offer adult learners (19+) a fast-track route to degree-level study. This year, more than 200 of the College’s Access students will progress onto Health and Social Care related degrees including Nursing and Midwifery.
Emily Proudlock, 30, is studying the Access to HE Nursing and Midwifery Diploma, and hopes to go into children’s nursing.
Nursing can give refreshing new challenges every day. You experience the good, the bad, and all of the in-between – there’s nothing more rewarding than that, and I want to be part of it!
With everything that’s going on across the world right now I just wish I was qualified already! There are no words to describe how brave, hard-working, selfless and admirable all the healthcare workers are. I couldn’t aspire to be anything better.- Emily Proudlock