Health and Care Skills

Career Prospects

Are you looking for the opportunity to progress to volunteering or employment in due course, in a range of job roles in the care sectors?
Or already working in the sector and want to update the professional development and practice?

It may be that you would like to work with babies or young children, at home as a childminder or nanny, in a children’s centre, in a nursery or reception class attached to a school or in other early years settings where children are cared for. Or you might wish to work with children or young people in care or leaving care, with young offenders or perhaps as a mentor supporting learning and development.

Alternatively, if you want to work with adults in a health or social care setting such as nursing homes, care homes, hospitals or in care in the community, or you have a special interest in working with people who have dementia or learning disabilities. Or working as ward clerk; coding administrator; laundry assistant; porter;

Perhaps you would like to work alongside a teacher in a primary or secondary school. You might wish to support a child or young person who has learning difficulties who attends a mainstream setting. You might have considered working in a school in an administrative, or another support role rather than directly supporting children in the classroom.

If any of these roles appeal to you then these are the qualifications you need to consider taking as these courses can help you move towards working from the position of Assistant to a practitioner.

Qualification facts PDF

Entry Requirement

  • Aged 16+
  • Legal right to live and work in the UK
  • Ability to read and write
  • You must have completed Initial Assessment and IAG with us
  • Assessment and Readiness to Work Interview
  • Currently seeking employment and looking for strong new skills to upskill or take to the workplace

Soft Skills:

  • Communication
  • Working with Others
  • Problem Solving
  • Employability
  • Planning and Organisation

Volunteering Opportunity

  • Employer Engagement Officers finding you the best job opportunities Work
  • placement/Traineeship/Apprenticeship
  • Additional one-to- one workshop to help you achieve your Health and Care qualification
  • Study Resources

Progression Pathways

Achieving these qualifications should increase candidates’ confidence and motivation, and the skills they gain will be valuable in the workplace or in any further learning.

On successful completion of the qualification, you could have the opportunity to progress on to the next level or job or apprenticeship (dependent on prior qualifications)

How much will it cost?

Due to Government funding, your courses and qualification may be subsidised or free depending on your personal circumstances (in employment or unemployed) you may be entitled to funding to help you finance your course.

  • 16-24 are fully funded (Traineeship)
  • 19-23 first entitlement for level 3
  • If you are 19 and over you may be able to apply for the 19+ Advanced Learning Loan which covers course fees for Level 3, 4 and Qualifications

The 19+ Advanced Learning Loans Bursary Fund offers financial support to help cover childcare and living costs. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, check out the GOV.UK 19+ Advanced Learning Loan section.

Available Courses

Whichever pathway you undertake, you’ll be qualified for a wide range of job roles.