This department offers a course that is designed to be taught in the context of the world of ‘Care’ in its broadest sense and so suits those that want to work with people. Students have progressed to study vocational type courses at university including midwifery, all types of nursing, social work, paramedic sciences, primary school teaching or those like forensics, childhood studies and marketing. With the opportunity to meet a variety of professionals as visitors or while on placement, the students do gain some insight into the reality of these careers.
Hillview has developed links with a range of service providers, which may include the chance of shadowing neo-natal nurses and midwives locally. They are given support to find placements that will assist their studies and give them an insight as to what they could do in their next stage of life.
Learning about, seeing in action and using the theory taught helps students really understand, for example, how to treat others without discrimination, strive for effective communication, abide by the duty of care and maintain confidentiality within the work place.
Students boost their own self – confidence by organising and attending work-experience in many different settings, needing to adapt for a wide range of age groups and care requirements.
The course is a BTEC at present which is offered at the equivalent of one or two ‘A’ levels. This is not widely offered among other schools. This qualification involves internal assessment and examinations. Interactive lessons allow the students to gain social skills while building on each other’s knowledge.
Former students have received an unconditional offer at Kings University studying midwifery, another achieving a First in Mental Health Nursing, and some work as staff nurses and ward sisters.