Health & Social Care
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.
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.
I really enjoyed my work placement in the Radiography Department at a local hospital where I gained a great insight into the day-to-day procedures. The course really helped me to progress and gain the right skills to apply onto university.
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 and national starting averages include:
- Healthcare Assistant £15,000 - £20,000
- Health Play Specialist £19,250 - £28,500
You could move on to be a:
- Mental Health Nurse £22,000 - £48,000
- Health Visitor £26,250 - £41,000
Source: National Careers Service
I find that working as a midwife really enhances my teaching as I am able to give students an insight to the realities of the profession and hospital life. I am lucky that I have up-to-date knowledge, training and information and students love hearing the ‘real life’ stories. I am passionate about healthcare and try to motivate and inspire students to achieve their dreams of becoming nurses, midwives, paramedics or whatever they aspire to be.