Updated: Thursday, September 10th 2020
The health and social care sector makes up a huge proportion of the jobs market in the UK, with the NHS alone employing 1.5 million people! Regardless of whether you go into nursing or social work, all of these careers have one thing in common - they’re incredibly rewarding.
At The Sheffield College, we know that working in the health and social care sector can be challenging, so we do everything we can to prepare you for work in the industry. One of the best ways we can prepare you for employment is to make sure you’re familiar with the environment you’ll be working in. That’s why our campuses feature a state-of-the-art emergency care training suite, complete with a mock hospital ward, patient care manikins and ultrasound machines.
What’s more, our tutors are experts in their professional specialisms, with loads of experience under their belts. Who better to give you advice and guidance on getting into the career you want than someone who has worked in that role?
This course is ideal for people who are interested in a career in the health and social care sector. This could include caring for elderly people in a care home, working with adults or children with learning disabilities or helping people recover from illness or injury in a hospital or care centre. The Level 2 Diploma will develop on the knowledge and skills learned at Level 1.
Check out the quick facts below or watch the video to find out more about the course.
Picking the right course is the first step in your Health and Social Care career! Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, or head straight into an Apprenticeship, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style.
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Our Health and Social Care study programmes are ideal for people who are interested in a career in the health and social care sector. This could include caring for elderly people in a care home, working with adults or children with learning disabilities or helping people recover from illness or injury in a hospital or care centre. They offer an insight into health and social care and provides the opportunity to develop the skills, qualities, values and experience that will help prepare you for further study or employment in this area.
Course enrichment activities can include trips, visits, residential courses, presentations by guest speakers such as nurses, therapists and care workers. Health and social care professionals come into college to work with you on practical assessments and activities.
You will also have the opportunity to study for additional awards, such as Emergency First Aid at Work.
At The Sheffield College, we know that hands-on experience is vital not only in helping you to understand the theoretical learning but also in terms of making you stand out from the crowd when it comes to applying for jobs. That's why all of our health and social care courses have a strong focus on practical experience so that you will feel confident in your abilities when you come to start work.
Our study programmes also have an element of work
experience, so you can feel confident that you’re prepared for the working environment once you finish your studies. Having that experience on your CV will make you stand out to potential employers in this competitive industry. You’ll also benefit from the expert knowledge of industry experts and have the opportunity to take part in class study visits to supplement your learning.
As a student at The Sheffield College, you will be encouraged to spend time with an employer in a real-life working environment as part of your study programme. This could be experience of work or an industry placement, depending on what kind, of course, you are studying.
What's in it for me?
Our health and social care offer spans three campuses, each of which hosts a range of facilities. These include dedicated classrooms, a mock hospital ward complete with training dummies, ultrasound machines and a state-of-the-art emergency care training suite.
We aim to replicate the working conditions of the health and social care industry as closely as possible so that you can develop the skills you'll need when you come to enter employment. We want you to feel confident in your abilities so that you can jump straight into a job.
We encourage all of our health and social care students to undertake work experience placements as part of their study programme, and our brilliant tutors can offer you help and advice when it comes to arranging a placement.
The health and social care sector is one of the largest employers in the UK, and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down. In fact, there is expected to be an increase of 1300 jobs in this sector by 2022, and that's just in the Sheffield City Region!
The employment opportunities in the health and social care sector are hugely varied, so there's a very good chance you'll find a job that you love once you finish your journey with us.
Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going.
They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. You can talk to them whether you're still deciding on a course or even if you're about to make the jump from education into full-time work.
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