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Science students’ career paths inspired by College’s radiology contacts

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Long Road Sixth Form College is fortunate to be based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, which provides our Science and Health & Social Care students with excellent contacts.

Emily Westbrook

Emily Westbrook

Two different links with the Radiology field have set a group of students, including Emily Westbrook and Scott Bishop, on a practical – and life-saving – career path.

Mark Ward, Biology teacher at Long Road, visited Sam Whyte, Department of Radiology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital on the Biomedical Campus as part of our LINKs programme. This is where staff members visit companies and organisations once a year to make new and beneficial contacts for our students. He discovered that there is a worldwide shortage of radiographers, there is still the possibility of getting your tuition fees paid, and 80% of radiography students get offers of employment before they finish their university course.  Sam explained that studying either diagnostic or therapeutic radiography at university – along with excellent communication skills, the ability to empathise with others and technological know-how – are key for a career in radiography.

Scott Bishop

Scott Bishop

Secondly, Caroline Doolan, course leader for Radiotherapy and Oncology at The University College Suffolk (UCS)spoke to our students last summer about degree courses, then came back to speak to a small group of students who were interested in finding out more about the subject. She will be returning this summer.

Scott Bishop, who is studying Biology, Chemistry and PE A levels, was one of the students who spoke to Caroline. “I decided to apply for a radiotherapy course at university after finding out more about the subject. This is a degree which can lead you straight into worthwhile employment along with the industry information you need to make a good start. I have offers from the University of Liverpool, Sheffield Hallam and the University of Hertfordshire.”

“I have applied to UCS, Birmingham City, the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Kent and Derby,” says Emily, who is studying Biology, Use of Maths and Psychology A levels. “These all offer really interesting courses with a rewarding career at the end. There’s excellent career progression, and I’m confident that I’ve made the right decision to study diagnostic radiography.”