Students on Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form’s innovative Pre-Med programme have been given expert advice on Pharmacy degree courses by a special guest from the University of Bradford.

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form has an enviable reputation for excellence in the sciences and is a nationally recognised STEM Assured Centre. With highly trained and experienced staff, many of whom are examiners and scientists in their own right; the College is well placed to teach the next generation of health professionals. The College has also developed and perfected its unique Pre-Professional Programme for Medicine (Pre Med). This exciting and challenging extra-curricular course, offered in addition to a student’s regular studies, provides extra support and guidance for those who want to apply to highly competitive degree programmes such as medicine, veterinary sciences, pharmacy and dentistry.

A key part in the success of this programme is the opportunity it gives students to discuss their potential career choices with experts in the field. The College was therefore delighted to welcome Alison Hartley to the Pre-Med group. Alison is the Programme Leader for Pharmacy Practice at the Bradford School of Pharmacy, part of the University of Bradford. It was especially interesting for the students to meet Alison as she is actually at former student of Nelson and Colne College!

Alison said, “It was a pleasure to chat to the students about Pharmacy as a career, studying Pharmacy at Bradford University and answering questions about application processes to universities in general. The students were interesting, articulate and engaged. I think it’s fantastic to see the Science Team at Nelson and Colne College supporting students to apply to courses in the medical related professions.”

Pre-Med co-ordinator at the College, Brenda Rowan said, “We were delighted to welcome Alison to College. Current students benefited from hearing about her degree and career experience since she left us in 1995. She was able to offer a fantastic insight into what makes an excellent pharmacy university application.”