A career in health and social care

Health and Social Care is an especially broad careers sector. Lots of different career paths are available. Whether you go down the health or social route will depend on the work background but it’s worth keeping a few things in mind;

  • Careers in healthcare are more likely to need a combination of further study leading to a professional, specialist qualification after your foundation degree.
  • Careers in social care (unless you are interested in social work) are less likely to need a professional qualification and tend to offer on the job training as you work.
  • For both careers areas, relevant work experience is a vital part of securing a post, so you are at a huge advantage because of the style of the work based learning foundation degree you are doing.
  • You could also pursue a career as a health and social care teacher following completion of a ‘top up’ year and a year of teacher training.

Have a look at our flow chart which details some potential routes into a career as a social worker, and read a case study from one of our former students.

There is a lot of information online to help you research different careers within the sector. For example:

Health care
www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles
www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/job-sectors/healthcare

Social care
nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobfamily/Pages/socialservices
www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Care-careers/Think-Care-Careers/Jobs

Use the forums to get online guidance from our careers advisor and for support from other students.

If you would like individual advice and guidance please e mail: josie.cuffe@learninginstitute.co.uk