One of two pathways on the Health and Social Care Extended Diploma, this programme provides you with a practical, work-related industry placement in a Social Care setting. For a more clinical-focused Health and Social Care programme with NHS industry placements, follow the links below.
For an overview on how the two pathways differ and what each potential career can offer, check out our clinical health course with NHS industry placements.
Working in social care
What is social care? Social care is providing physical, emotional and social support to help people live their lives to the fullest. For various reasons, and at different stages in their lives, some people will need support to develop and maintain their independence, dignity and control. Social care provides a whole range of services to support adults and older people.
You could help people in their own homes, in residential homes, or in a number of other places such as day centres or supported housing. You'll support people with their non-clinical needs, although there is an important crossover between working in clinical health and working in social care.
Because of the increasing number of disabled younger adults living longer and the growing number of older people needing care, adult social care is growing and the sector needs at least another half a million jobs, and people to do them, by 2030.
The social care pathway
Enter the field of health and social care with the practical, work-related, Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care with an Industry Placement in a social care setting. The placement is for two days a week with a local employer.
This programme is a mix of college-based study, training in simulated environments, some mandatory training at the start of your placement, work experience in your first year and a two day per week social care industry placement in your second year.
Many students secured jobs with good prospects through these placements.
Examples of the roles you could progress to are:
Click on the job titles above for more information on the roles, or for other careers in social care, visit the Skills for Care website.