Health and social care

If you are a caring and responsible individual interested in a rewarding career treating ailments or diagnosing illnesses, our health and social care courses may be for you.

About our health and social care programmes

Our programmes prepare students to work in a variety of care settings, supporting people of all ages. Our teachers have significant industry experience, so know exactly what it takes.

Employment and progression routes for health and social care students are numerous. Our learners go on to work in childcare, teaching, nursing, midwifery, community work, counselling, occupational therapy, criminology, social work, palliative care, and care for the elderly, to name just a few.

We expect students to take part in regular work experience placements throughout their programme. We do this because we believe it makes learners more employable, helps to put you ahead of the competition when applying to university, and ultimately makes for a better health and social care professional.

We work closely with the NHS in our local areas, as well as with the local authorities, care providers and day care centres. This enables students to experience the full breadth of health and social care and begin to develop expertise in specialist areas.

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What is a career pathway?

Education takes time and money. By giving you a clear view of what qualifications you need to get the job and the salary that you want, we take the stress out of learning.

Our career pathway maps show you the entry requirements for each qualification and how long they take to achieve. With each new qualification, you have the option to continue studying at the next level or explore your employment options with a guide to the jobs and salaries you can expect at that stage. Each step of the way, our career advisors are there to help you make the right choice for you.

By focusing on your future employability and opportunities, we hope to inspire in you the drive to succeed and make the most of your investment in education. 95% of students that completed a course with us progressed directly into employment or onto higher-level learning such as a higher-level course, apprenticeship or university study.*
*AL destination data for 16-19 year olds

While the right qualifications can get you a job interview, it’s the attributes that we teach alongside your chosen programme that will get you the job. Click here to find out more about our Attributes and Learning Philosophy.


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

What could my future job look like?

Here are some examples of the tasks that you may be carrying out:

  • Care escort: help transport elderly or vulnerable patients in a safe manner
  • Phlebotomist: collect patients' samples (blood, urine, etc.) and send these securely to the lab, so they can be tested
  • Residential care manager: manage a care home offering services to its residents, including staff training, compliance with standards, budget management and monitoring processes to ensure a consistent experience for residents
  • Speech therapist: diagnose and treat speech and language disorders affecting a wide range of customers

The health and social care industry

With an ageing population, at least another one million workers will be required in adult social care by 2025. Skills in the care professions are in short supply, and it’s one of the fastest growing industries in the UK.

Working in care is about providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives.

There are lots of different roles in health and social care depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with, and where you would like to work. You could be supporting someone with a physical disability, autism, dementia or a mental health condition. You could be working in a care home, out in your local community, in a hospital, or even from someone’s home.

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Industry partnerships

We work in close partnership with the NHS in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, the local authorities, care providers and day care centres, as well as charities such as RESPONSE, which specialises in mental health provision. RESPONSE will be creating work placements, delivering mental health awareness training and providing career opportunities to students when they qualify.