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Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care

Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 2 Years
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code FLR3EHS (2123)
  • Who is it for?

    This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to be ready to take up employment in Health and Social Care or to progress onto Higher Education.  

    Our expert teachers will support you through this two-year course which comprehensively prepares you for a career in social and health care. Our dedicated classrooms at the London Road campus will facilitate your learning and provide you with the right environment to reach your potential. You will also get the opportunity to undertake work placements in a variety of care settings.

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths. Other academic subjects could include Science, Geography, History or a Level 2 Health & Social Care course with at least an overall Merit profile and Functional Skills at Level 2. 

    All applicants require a clear enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS).

    The College is a registered body under the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and will enable students to apply for a Disclosure check. If you are applying for a place you need to be willing to discuss previous convictions, reprimands, cautions or final warnings prior to enrolling on the course. This will allow us to provide you with appropriate information, advice and guidance on an individual basis.

  • What does the course involve?

    You will study 13 units covering topics such as:

    • Working in Health & Social Care
    • Human Lifespan Development
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Promoting Public Health
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Work Experience


    You will be expected to study GCSE Maths if you do not already have grade 4 or above.

  • How is the course assessed?

    There is a combination of internally and externally assessed units, and you will build a personal development portfolio. In addition, you will complete 200 mandatory hours of work placement in a variety of care settings, which will prepare you for the world of work.

  • Additional Notes


    Many SCG students have gone onto Higher Education courses at University or here at Shrewsbury Colleges Group. Careers in health & social care offer long-term employment prospects with opportunities for promotion and progression. Our courses prepare you for a range of careers including Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science and Social Work and many more.

    Progression in Health & Social Care:

    On successful completion, previous SCG Health & Social Care students have continued to study here at SCG or at university to become Nurses, Midwives or Paramedics, or work in other health care professions such as Occupational Therapy. Other SCG students have also studied Social Work or Primary Education or other academic courses like Psychology and Sociology.

    We have also seen some SCG students choose to become carers or health care assistants or to work in residential care, at nurseries or in hospitals and commence NVQs and Apprenticeships. We also offer SCG students the opportunity to train to be a nurse via the nursing associate route within an NHS hospital.

    Career options and average national starting salaries include:

    Healthcare Assistant       £15,000 - £20,000

    Health Play Specialist      £21,000 - £30,000

    You could move on to be a:

    Nurse or Midwife             £25,000 - £45,000

    Health Visitor                     £30,000 - £45,000

    Paramedic                           £24,000 - £37,000

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

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Career Options

  • Senior care workers

    Up to £20,000

  • Care workers and home carers

    Up to £17,000


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