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Students on one of Nescot’s science qualifications enjoyed their first laboratory session of the academic year on Thursday (September 22).

People studying Human and Health Sciences used scalpels to deconstruct potatoes, in order to improve their technique and medical terminology ahead of their first dissections in the weeks ahead.

They also used chopsticks to thread laces through shoes, which one way that doctors at medical school learn how to carry out keyhole surgery.

Students also reviewed reports from the television show CSI, translating medical jargon from pathology reports into sentences that fictional victim’s family would understand.

“I expect the students to work hard, but we have a lot of fun as we learn,” said Dr Jilly Binks-Swain, who teaches the course.

“The information that the students are learning can be very detailed and technical, so I plan lots of practical sessions to help them to consolidate and to keep building and extending their knowledge.”

Health and Human Sciences is an Access course, which means it is designed to bridge the gap to university-level study for adults who don’t have qualifications at Level 3.

The course runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and units include anatomy and physiology, human tissues and systems, genetics, chemistry and ethics.

Students also take broader skills-based topics to prepare them for university-level study, including essay writing and communication skills.

You can read more about the course on our website here, and more about our Access courses specialising in Nursing, Computing and Business here.