The University opened its doors to almost 100 sixth form students from nearby Fitzalan and Bishop of Llandaff High Schools last week for a unique two day Science programme. As well as gaining an insight into university life and learning more about career pathways available to Science graduates, pupils were given the opportunity to use the university's laboratories to carry out a range of practical experiments related to their A Level and BTEC programmes.
The two day outreach programme was designed by Cardiff Met's School of Health Sciences to support the school science curriculum and provide young people with an opportunity to experience first-hand, studying and socialising in a university environment.
The School of Health Sciences offers a wide range of programmes in the Health Sciences and Social Care areas. Many students attending last week showed interest in courses such as the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) accredited BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Health, Exercise and Nutrition) programme, the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and RBS accredited BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, BSc Healthcare Science programmes and the Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences programme.
Dr Cathryn Withycombe, Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at Cardiff School of Health Sciences said: "We were delighted to welcome so many High School students to Cardiff Met – it was great to see their enthusiasm over the two days. We really want to highlight the wide range of specialisms and career opportunities open to individuals who study here. Many of our degree programmes are professionally accredited and our graduates have excellent career prospects. We have fantastic facilities here at Cardiff Met and it is great that students were able to view these and use them to gain practical experience of the work they are covering in school. Our BSc Healthcare Science is the only programme of its type in the UK to have RSB accreditation, and our BSc Biomedical Science programme is the only programme of its type in Wales to have accreditation with both the IBMS and the RSB."
Cardiff Met was listed 'Top Welsh University for Biosciences' in the 2017/18 Guardian University League Table and three Biomedical Sciences programmes – BSc Biomedical Science; BSc Biomedical Sciences (Health, Exercise and Nutrition); BSc Healthcare Science – recently achieved Accredited status by the Royal Society of Biology.
Hannah Bird, Science teacher at Fitzalan High School said: "We are very grateful to Cardiff Met for offering this opportunity to our students. Many of our pupils were completely unaware that such fantastic facilities existed on their doorstep. Our pupils were able to experience lab work and higher education, and it is a good taster for them to find out how being an undergraduate will feel. Many of our students do not consider University as a realistic option until they are given an insight and an opportunity to speak to students and academic staff in a HE setting. I hope that this outreach programme will convince more of our students to look seriously at University and the benefits a degree can offer them."