Health and Social Care

What career paths are available after studying a Health and Social Care course?

As there are many routes within our Health and Social Care courses, they all can lead to different career paths, please see below:

BA pathway, this degree will allow you to work in a wide range of statutory, voluntary and independent settings, including local authority or multi-agency teams, health promotion projects, refugee and asylum services, hospitals, sheltered accommodation, hospices and day centres, and residential care units.

In addition, graduates with a health and social care background are also in a good position to be considered for careers in health education and promotion, welfare, health research, community mental health and commissioning and care management services. Graduates may seek roles as service managers and coordinators, in advocacy, education and training, or as technicians and support workers helping children and families, older and disabled people, drug and alcohol abusers, and people with mental health problems.

Further study is a popular option for health and social care graduates. For some career areas, such as social work, nursing, research and teaching, additional study is required to achieve professional recognition.

HND pathway, after successfully completing this programme, you’ll be well placed to seek a career in business and administration in health and social care. These roles could be in human resources, healthcare analysis and planning, or in more managerial jobs within health and social care settings in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Some examples of employers in health and social care include the NHS, drug and alcohol agencies, mental health organisations, hospices, social care agencies and charities.

Successful completion of this course may also allow you to gain entry into nursing and social work degrees, as well as being relevant to charitable organisations with either a health or social care focus.

FdA pathway, as a graduate, you’ll be able to use your skills in health and social care to seek employment within the youth justice system, NHS trusts, private hospitals, children's services, social services, family centres, and children's homes. You might also find work in the voluntary sector or with medical charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Further academic studies and professional training in a variety of fields including social work, teaching and allied health professions is a future consideration.

Graduates can also progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care offered by the University of Bolton.

Apprenticeship pathway, Assistant Practitioners have direct contact with patients, service users or clients and work as part of the wider health and social care team to provide high quality and compassionate care. Occupying the crucial gap in care delivery between a care support worker and registered practitioner, the job title of Assistant Practitioner is applied to a very wide variety of roles that have been developed locally by employers to meet individual service need.

Assistant Practitioners can be found working in a range of areas across health and social care, such as acute, social care services, community, physiotherapy, mental health, general practice, hospice care, genito-urinary medicine, orthopaedics, occupational therapy, cancer services, and learning disabilities, as well as in hybrid roles that cross traditional occupational areas.

For all the details on the specific Health and Social Care courses or if you have any other enquiries relating to this please visit the Health and Social Care subject area, you will also find contact details of the Health and Social Care Team if would like to speak to them directly.

You can also chat with our staff directly every Wednesday from 2 pm - 4 pm and periodically throughout the working week.

Alternatively, chat with our current students who will be able to share this information with you and any other course-related queries.

Or book onto one of our Open Days or Course Advice Days to find out more and speak with the team.

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