Roles in Health Day

BTEC Health & Social Care students got an in-depth look at roles and responsibilities in healthcare to give them a better understanding of how they can apply their learning in the future in the Leeds City Region.


FOCUS: Help Year 11 students develop their understanding of the health sector and raise awareness of entry points and volunteering opportunities in the sector.

BTEC Health & Social Care students from The Co-operative Academy of Leeds took part in a day of interactive workshops facilitated by volunteers from Leeds Teaching Hospitals to give them a better grasp of how their learning in the classroom can be applied to the working world.

Students took part in four workshops to give them a hands-on experience of working in healthcare. Activities included role play exercises helping "elderly patients" to dress or encouraging patients to eat their meal. 

Students were then able to ask the volunteers their own questions about the skills, qualities and qualifcations required to work in different roles across the sector, before finding out how they could take part in work experience and volunteering at their local providers or service.



  • 97% students that took part felt more ready for the working world afterwards
  • 97% students that took part felt they had a better awareness of the roles available in healthcare
  • 100% volunteers believed the day raised the profile of healthcare as a growth sector


 "The role plays were really important in helping me understand what work in this field might be like. We found out a lot about the NHS and being able to ask volunteers who have worked in healthcare for such a long time was really valuable - I don't think I could have got this experience anywhere else."

Year 11 student, The Co-operative Academy of Leeds

 "I think it was good to be able to share jobs and roles in the NHS, and it showed the students the breadth of opportunities in the NHS in their local area."

Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust volunteer


 See live tweets from our #MaketheGrade activities in local schools and colleges by following our Twitter account >>