Ashford College - Health and Social Care
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Health and Social Care


Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

Health and Social Care courses can lead to rewarding careers looking after some of the more vulnerable members of the community. You will be taught by staff with sector expertise and will have opportunities to visit and spend placements within childcare, elderly and healthcare settings.

At Ashford College, our full time courses introduce you to knowledge, skills and best practices required for the care industries. You will be offered the scope to study health and social care topics, giving you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to work in these career pathways, including human life span development, Health and Social Care values, equality and diversity and anatomy and care of disorders. You could also undertake a range of work placements over two years, which will grow the skills and qualities needed to become a care professional in roles in the industry. 

Our part time courses on this pathway are aimed at adults who already work in the industry and wish to expand their qualifications. However, industry experience is not essential, so these would also suit adults wanting to work in the health and social care sector or explore the possibility.


The course work element of the programme will boost your employability skills, and your career can take a number of roles and directions from our courses in Health and Social Care. Examples of careers include...

  • Care Manager
  • Counsellor
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Paramedic
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Social Worker


On our Health and Social Care pathway, we have worked with lots of external partners over the years so that our students can see what happens in this industry in great detail. This also allows our students to ask questions and be given great advice by those with years of experience. We are also able to place our learners with a range of high quality providers close to their home for their practical workplace experience. 


Career Prospects

Example: Social workers

 Annual pay
£22,880 - £47,320
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK the workforce is projected to expand by 35% over the period to 2027, adding 32,743 jobs. In the same period, 72% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 66,915 job openings.

Role description

Social workers provide information, advice and support to those who are socially excluded or are experiencing crisis; they protect the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people, people with disabilities, elderly people and people who are mentally or physically ill, and they may specialise in specific areas of work.

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Entry requirements

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progress and succeed at College.

Please see our Group entry requirements

What's next?

Step 1 - Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Courses at Ashford College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Need more help?

Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Courses at Ashford College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Why people love Health and Social Care

Hear from Ellie - Level 3 Student

Hear from Ellie - Level 3 Student

'Whilst studying at Ashford I have been on a work placement. I love the experience that I have gained from it and feel that college has benefitted me more than school could ever have done. The stuff you learn here is so informative and will really help in the future.'

Hear from Libby - Level 3 Student

Hear from Libby - Level 3 Student

'The college environment has allowed me to develop myself as a person, and become more independent. At Ashford College you feel like an adult and are treated like one, and I am really glad I made the choice to study my interests here.'

Specialised Knowledge

Specialised Knowledge

Our courses allow you to dive deep into areas of specialised knowledge in the health and social care field. This ensures that alongside your placement opportunity, you are able to gain an enhanced understanding of the areas you want to go into, as well as the skills needed. 

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

Elwick Road
TN23 1NN

01233 743100