Health and social care

Discover rewarding careers in health and social care, from care worker, residential care manager or social worker to phlebotomist, nurse or speech and language therapist.

Choose a career pathway in health and social care

With an ageing population, skills in the caring profession are in short supply. We equip students with the skills and work experience that future employers want. For example, we work closely with local NHS trusts, local authorities and care providers to help students develop skills and expertise in their chosen area. We do this through work experience placements, which helps our students stand out from the competition.

There are many progression routes available to students who want to pursue a career pathway in Health and social care:

  • Teaching
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Community work
  • Counselling
  • Occupational therapy
  • Social work
  • Palliative care
  • Care for the elderly

What is a career pathway?

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

Our aim is to offer every learner a direct line of sight to employment. This means that we will equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance to succeed.

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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. 


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.

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. The charity specialises on mental health provision. RESPONSE will be creating work placements, delivering mental health awareness training and providing career opportunities to students when they qualify.