Care Studies – Children, Health & Social Care

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Courses Level Status
Certificate in Caring for Children CACHE Level 1 Apply Now
Health & Social Care Certificate Level 1 Apply Now
Childcare & Education Certificate CACHE Level 1 Apply Now
Health & Social Care BTEC Diploma Level 2 Apply Now
Childcare & Education Diploma CACHE Level 3 Apply Now
Health & Social Care/Health Studies BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Apply Now
Apprenticeships are available in Health & Social Care and Childcare Apprenticeship Apply Now

This is for you if… you want a career in which you will make a difference to people. If you’re the type of person who gains an enormous sense of personal achievement by making a positive difference to people’s lives, this could be the sector for you. And a career in social care offers long-term employment prospects, with great opportunities for promotion and progression.

Career prospects

There is a huge demand for qualified carers both locally and nationally. The majority of those gaining employment at the end of the course got jobs in local schools or nurseries. Getting a qualification is absolutely essential if you want to look after children for a career. With a CACHE qualification you will be able to work in the childcare sector, move into an Apprenticeship or progress onto further education.

There are many employment routes, for example you could be a childminder, work in a nursery, become a nanny or classroom assistant – or virtually any role involving caring for children.The Diploma in Child Care and Education qualification is nationally recognised as the qualification of choice for the care of children in private homes, schools including special schools, day and residential nurseries, hospitals, family centres and maternity units. Students who completed this course went on to work in childcare and education at companies such as Wyvern Primary School, Scallywags Nursery and work as private nannies.

A Level 1 or 2 qualification in Health & Social Care is designed to enable you to enter employment at a trainee level. The Level 3 qualification allows you to progress into employment, continue training in the workplace, or move on to university for training in nursing, social work, and other related professions. Previous students have gained places on courses such as BA (Hons) Community Work at institutions such as Bournemouth University.

Why study with us?

Our courses provide an opportunity for you to gain valuable work experience alongside your studies, so you learn on the job and not just in the classroom. Our team of highly qualified staff use their professional experience to keep courses up to date with the latest developments in the sector. They will teach you important links between theory and practice, which will ensure that you are fully prepared to meet the challenges of this rewarding career.

Next steps

Click on the course link in the table for more information, including entry requirements, assessment and course content. You may also want to discuss courses with teaching staff and students at one of our Open Evenings and apply for a place online. You can also view our online Full-time courses guide for more information about the college or an online version of the Care Studies Full-time Courses booklet.