Health and Social Care students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form have enjoyed an educational visit to Budapest in Hungary.

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form is keen to provide its students with a broad education, and real-life insight into the subjects they are studying in class. Not only does this sort of opportunity give a real context to the subjects, but it also gives them a wider perspective of the world, enabling them to become more rounded individuals.

This year, the College’s Health and Social Care students have attended a 3 day residential visit to Budapest. During the trip, Students were able to visit the Peto Institute, which was started by Dr Andras Peto in 1945 and which teaches children who have cerebral palsy. They also visited the Aga Children’s Home, which has been operating since 1961 and provides accommodation, care and education opportunities to disadvantaged children in Budapest, making for an interesting insight into child care in Eastern Europe. Both of these trips helped to enrich the students’ understanding of how child care and social care is offered in other countries compared to the UK. The students also visited the House of Terror, which is a museum chronicling the grim decades of Nazi and Communist repression. The museum is the former headquarters for the secret police of both the Nazi and Communist governments.

In addition to these insightful visits, the students were able to relax and enjoy bonding with their classmates at the Gellert Baths!

Health and Social Care tutor Jacqui Ashton accompanied the students and said, “This visit was arranged to engage students and link their placement experiences to different cultures. It also helped to provide a broader perspective of services offered here in the UK by way of comparison. Student feedback has been really positive and I am sure it will aid them greatly in the study of Health and Social Care.”