Three Pre-Med students from Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form will have an outstanding opportunity this summer to participate in work experience at Airedale General Hospital.

The College has an enviable reputation for excellence in the Sciences. The College has been awarded STEM Assured status by the New Engineering Foundation, which is an industry-led kite-mark for excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It is one of the first colleges in the country to have achieved this accolade.

The College has developed an innovative Pre-Professional Medicine Programme (Pre-Med); an exciting and challenging extra-curricular course, offered in addition to a student’s regular studies. It provides extra support and guidance for those who want to apply to highly competitive degree programmes such as medicine, veterinary sciences and dentistry. Pre-Med students are able to visit a variety of local and national experiences and places of interest, and industry experts are often invited in to talk to the students about the precise nature and requirements of a career in the health industries.

Three Pre-Med students, Sam Gugi (17), Matthew Langstroth (17) and Lauren Gardner (17), will each spend a week at Airedale General Hospital as part of a work experience programme. Airedale General Hospital is operated by the Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, and is based in Steeton with Eastburn in West Yorkshire.

The programme includes talks by doctors on UCAS applications and careers in medicine, sessions on medical library skills and clinical skills (using manikins and simulated scenarios) and rotations through various departments in the hospital. These rotations will allow the former Colne Park High School students to spend time with consultants and junior doctors, in order to receive a first-hand experience of a career in medicine.