Celebration of achievements for Health and Social Care students at Westminster Kingsway College
24 June 2011
Staff and students from the College’s Health and Social Care department at the King’s Cross Centre have held a celebration of their achievements for the year. The event celebrated the work of students on the BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 programmes as well as Young Apprentices and Next Steps adult learners. Certificates of achievement were presented for students’ group work and participation, work placements, meeting deadlines, attendance and class representatives.
College student and local resident, Kamrul Tafader who is about to complete his BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care said: "The College is a really diverse place to study and I have enjoyed my course. I would like to be a counsellor in the future and the College has helped me feel prepared for September when I hope to study Psychology at the University of Westminster."
Marlene Vita also studied on the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care and said: "I don‟t like exams but the course work suited me so I would recommend this course. The teachers were approachable and very supportive. I came to the College not knowing anyone but I have made a lot of friends. I am now hoping to go to the University of West London to study Psychology and Counselling Theory as I would like to become a therapist."
Magadi Mayanda has been studying on the Next Steps Plus Health and Social Care Level 2 after progressing from her ESOL courses at the College. Magadi said: "I have been learning lots of new skills like communication and food hygiene which will help me to progress in healthcare. I have had good support from my teachers and got a distinction for my course work. I would like to go onto further study while continuing with my work placement at the Royal Free Hospital."
Students at the Health and Social Care celebration also heard from former Westminster Kingsway College student Alex Lewis who returned to speak to current students about her experiences. Alex studied Health and Social Care and achieved her Level 3 qualification before going onto Middlesex University where she is currently studying for a degree in Early Childhood Studies. Alex spoke of her time at the College and said: "I progressed really well at Westminster Kingsway. You have to believe in yourself and the support from the teachers at the College is great. This course really prepared me for university."
Gus Nwanokwu, Programme Manager for Health and Social Care at Westminster Kingsway College said: "This has been a very productive year for the department and many of the students completing their courses are progressing onto higher study at university or into employment within the Health and Social Care sector. We were very pleased that our 2011 Ofsted inspection rated the department as „good‟ and this was thanks to the support of staff and students."
Health and Social Care Lecturer Audrey Richardson who organised the students’ celebration said: "The students have worked very hard this year and their attendance has really improved. We have worked on making classes more interactive with a variety of subjects, assignments and presentations so students have been very engaged with their work. I think the students are often surprised that there is a huge variety of pathways that they can progress onto after studying Health and Social Care either through further study or employment."
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