Ashford College - Health and Social Care
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Health and Social Care

Pathways

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, we offer Level 1, 2 and 3 courses for full time students. In Level 1, you will be introduced to knowledge, skills and best practices required for the care industries. In Level 2, 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. In the Level 3 course you will undertake a range of work placements over two years, and  begin to develop 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.

Careers

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. 

 

Why people love Health and Social Care

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. 

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.'

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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What's next?

If you are 16 to 18-years-old and want to explore your options then apply today.

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:

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

Elwick Road
Ashford
Kent
TN23 1NN

Telephone:
01233 743100