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Boxed science session for students

STUDENTS at North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) got to experience life in a lab as part of a session held by the University of the West of England (UWE).

Level 3 Health and Social Care students had a morning talk from UWE’s recruitment and outreach team about careers and university life on Tuesday 3rd May.

In the afternoon they took part in a lab session, called BoxED, where they were taught how to test urine samples for protein and glucose.

BoxED aims to encourage more students to consider specialising in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) when applying for further and higher education courses.

NSETC’s Health and Social Care teacher, Rebecca Snell, said: “Students enjoyed the talk on university life and the session is something completely different for these guys.

“Most of the students are hoping to be nurses, midwives or allied health professionals and don’t have any experience with lab work.

“During the session they got to test urine for various things, which showed them the connection between healthcare and what happens in a lab.”

Health and Social Care student, Hannah Worgan, 16, took part, and said: “It was really useful to hear about university life and the session let us see what it would be like doing other courses within the health sector.”