Students on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Applied Science course at our Longbridge (Bournville College) Campus had an opportunity to extract their own DNA and carry out electrophoresis and PCR techniques at the new Superlabs at Coventry University School of Life Sciences. There was a competition to obtain the most DNA from their saliva using the state of the art facilities. It consolidated their theory and students loved carrying out the practical work, which counted towards their coursework. Students were inspired to pursue biomedical science and forensics science as career choices.
They also had a tour of the department including the Forensic House, paramedic science and sports science department which students thoroughly enjoyed. This followed on from visits over the past two years. ‘Academics in the Life Sciences’ formed on back of the STEM Insight programme where tutors spent a week at the university. Tutor Naaila said, “It was lovely to see students enjoying themselves, focussed and acquiring laboratory skills giving them the edge when applying for university. We hope to go again this year”