Health Care


The health and social care sector requires skilled professionals who care for service users in private and public organisations. The industry offers experiences that give a great sense of personal fulfilment, job satisfaction and rewarding careers.

Practitioners within the sector are passionate and hard-working individuals who need to be prepared to work long hours, shifts and manage stressful and often emotional situations. Therefore individuals interested in joining health and social care need to be naturally caring, good listeners, hard-working and have enthusiasm and ambition to work in the sector.

Our courses are based on practical experience gained through work placements that offers hands-on care work to give a real insight into how the sector works and completing academic coursework in college. The academic work ensures that you have the knowledge and understanding to support care practice and allow progression on to further study.

Our tutors are industry qualified and will support you in gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure you are ready to move forward into further study, training or work in the sector.

We have a new purpose-built specialist health care learning facility at our Dartford campus, which supports the vocational element of the courses. This enables you to gain quality tuition and learn practical skills that you can take to your work placements and on to future careers.

What will I learn?

You will have a variety of practical and theoretical lessons that will cover such topics such as; anatomy and physiology, first response care, caring for adults with additional needs and nutrition.

What qualification will I gain?

You are able to study the BTEC Level 1 and Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care and Level 3 Subsidiary and Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies). The Extended Diploma will allow you entry into university, with the right grades. For explanations of our qualifications, please see our Qualification Explained page.

What progression options will I have?

From Level 1, students should progress to a Level 2 course. Level 2 students can progress into care work, or if they meet the required criteria can continue to study the Level 3 Subsidiary/Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care qualification. Progression from this course can be into work or Higher Education.

Career options include; adult nurse, paediatric nurse, occupational therapist, mental health nurse, midwife, radiologist, paramedic, speech and language therapist, social worker, youth worker, etc.

What costs are involved?

Materials fee of £150 (e-portfolio, e-books, enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, uniform for placement and classroom materials). Full-time further education courses are free for students aged 16-18; please see our Student Finance page for further information. 

Entry Requirements?

Level 1 - 4 GCSE’S at Grade E/2 plus English and Maths at Grade E/2 or above. 
Level 2 - 4 GCSE’S at Grade D/3 or above plus English at Grade C/4.
Level 3 - GCSE English, Maths and Science at C/4 Grade or above plus 2 other GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above.

Click here to view Health Care courses or call 01322 629400.