Students ‘Try-out’ Radiotherapy

Students with ambitions to become doctors from The Sixth Form College, Solihull got their hands on some state-of-the-art radiotherapy equipment recently as they attended a Radiotherapy Taster Day at the University of Liverpool.

Liverpool Radiotherapy Taster Day

A level students on the College’s Pre-Medical School visited the university to get an idea about what a career in radiotherapy would involve. The Pre-Medical School is an enrichment opportunity that allows students with ambitions to study for Medicine degrees to benefit from visits, masterclasses and support in applying for these highly competitive university courses.

This trip was one such opportunity and it involved hands-on experience with some state-of-the-art, hi-tech equipment, including a CT scanner, Eclipse planning system and VERT 3D linear accelerator. Although the event wasn’t strictly directed at students wanting to study medicine, it gave 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 they had time for a tour of the campus.

Assistant Principal Trevor Irving commented:

“This is the fourth year that we have taken Pre-Medical students to Liverpool’s Radiotherapy Taster. The students enjoyed being able to try out some very sophisticated medical equipment and the entire experience provided a useful insight into a medical specialism, which some of our students might consider in the future.”

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, 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.

12 March 2018