Health & Social Care

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If you are a thoughtful and caring person with good literacy and numeracy skills, our courses will prepare you for a wide range of careers including nursing, social work and working with children in a variety of settings.

Health and Social Care is the third biggest employer in Shropshire and one of the few areas in today's economic climate with a growing number of vacancies. Our Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas will allow you to explore a wide range of health and social care issues whilst picking up the skills and qualifications needed to work in the industry. Alternatively, you could use your Level 3 qualification as entry into higher education, including our own Foundation Degree in Children, Young People & Communities.

Work experience is an important part of our courses, with opportunities for you to develop your practical abilities and gain an insight into a variety of employment settings including hospitals, care homes and schools.

Previous students have progressed to study nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, primary school teaching, mental health nursing and operating room practitioner. Some students progress into employment in health and social care settings and continue training through NVQs.

A Level Options
This subject area has courses which can be taken alongside A Levels and other qualifications.

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The work placement on the course was interesting and working with children of all different abilities was challenging, but a good experience. I’m not too sure what part of the industry I want to work in yet but getting to experience different aspects is really useful.

Josh Wilson
Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care

Past Students

Health and Social Care students continue their studies here or progress to university to become nurses or work in other health care professions such as Occupational Therapy or Midwifery. Past students have also progressed to study Social Work or Primary Education as well as taken academic courses in Psychology and Sociology. Some students choose to become carers or health care assistants or to work in residential care, at nurseries or in hospitals and commence NVQs and Apprenticeships.

Career Options

Career options and national starting averages include:

  • Healthcare Assistant £15,000+
  • Occupational Therapist £22,000+

You could move on to be a:

  • Midwife £35,000+
  • Mental Health Nurse £31,000+

Source: National Careers Service