Budding doctors from The Sixth Form College, Solihull got the opportunity to learn more about a career in radiotherapy this term, when they attended a Radiotherapy Taster Day at the University of Liverpool.
A level students, who are part of the College’s Pre-Medical School enrichment visited the university to get a hands-on taste of this exciting career, including trying out some of their specialist state-of-the-art equipment. This radiotherapy equipment included an Eclipse planning system and VERT 3D linear accelerator. The students also learnt about how to position a patient for treatment and they tried out treatment masks for patients too.
Although the event was not directed specifically at students wanting to study Medicine, it was useful to give them a detailed insight into methods used for the diagnosis and treatment of many kinds of cancer. It also gave them greater awareness of other possible healthcare career routes. The trip was also an opportunity for the students to visit a high performing Russell Group university and the visit provided time for a tour of the campus.
Assistant Principal Trevor Irving commented:
“Our Pre-Medical School is an enrichment opportunity that allows students with ambitions to study Medicine to benefit from visits, masterclasses and support in applying for these highly competitive university courses. This visit is one way we give those students an insight into a medical specialism, which some of our students might consider in the future. It is the fifth year that we have taken Pre-Medical students to Liverpool’s Radiotherapy Taster Day and the students all enjoyed the event.”
As well as the Pre-Medical School, the College offers other specialist enrichments and boasts many links with HE institutions. This includes a Psychology Research School, a Shakespeare Academy, an Engineering Academy and specialist academies in Humanities and Social Sciences. These academies are all aimed at ensuring our students have the best possible chance to getting offers from some of the most prestigious and highly-sought-after universities in the country.
18 February 2019