There are many opportunities to study for a career in health and social care.

The possibilities are as big as your potential and ambition! You do not need to study a health and social care specific course to have a successful career in the sector. Courses in administration, finance, business and science can all lead to a successful career in health and social care.

Employers in our region want people with the right values to work in the health and social care sector, and they want them to enjoy a rewarding career making a difference to people’s lives. To work in any role in any part of the sector there are some basic things you need to have.

If you have the ambition and the ability to get on and go further, our employers want to support you. You may need to take and pass qualifications. These will help you to learn and develop and prove to employers that you are qualified and safely competent to do the job. A qualification shows what you have learnt your level of understanding and what you can do as a result of that learning. There are different ways to gain all sorts of different qualifications in health and social care.

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Further education

Further education (FE) includes any study after secondary education that’s not part of higher education (that is, not taken as part of an undergraduate or graduate degree).

Further Education


Apprenticeships are an excellent way to progress your career and continue to earn and develop on the job. There are already lots of apprenticeship opportunities in health and social care and more are becoming available.


Adult learning

There are a range of courses for adult learners, you can search for these course via the National Careers Service.

Adult Learning


T-Levels are a level 3 two-year technical programme developed in collaboration with employers and businesses. They will help build the knowledge and experience you need, to get the job you want, through a balance of classroom-based theory and an industry work placement.

T Levels

Higher education

You usually have to be 18 or older to take a higher education course.

Higher Education
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