Step into the NHS competition for key stage 3

The Step into the NHS secondary schools’ teaching resources and competition is designed to raise students' aspirations, open their eyes and minds to a wide range of career opportunities in the NHS and give them the chance to win some great prizes!

The resources and competition support the Gatsby benchmarks and can be used as part of the key stage 3 curriculum. They also have strong links to the curricula for PSHE, Health and Social Care, citizenship and English, and raise awareness of the breadth of careers available in health.

What's it all about?

There’s much more to working for the NHS than being a doctor or nurse. In fact, there are more than 350 different careers in the NHS and, with that many careers on offer, there’s a job to suit anyone, no matter what your interests and skills are. That is where the Step into the NHS secondary schools competition comes in.

Teachers can deliver the learning in just one hour with the 'One Lesson Launch' resource. After this, students in years 7, 8 and 9 will be ready to research the skills, qualifications and tasks of a chosen NHS role and create a job advert for it. If they win, their entry will be displayed in public for their local community to see, and they'll win an Amazon voucher, an exciting goody bag and a prize for their school!

The 2023-24 competition

The Step into the NHS competition closed on 30 April 2024. 

You can still download the resources and deliver the learning by visiting the Step into the NHS website, or by selecting 'Download now' below.

So how about previous winners...

You can see the winners of the 2023-24 competition here, or see their entries on the KS3 online gallery.

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