Health & Care

There will be a time in everyone’s lives when they need some care and support from a health and social care worker. Our health and social care courses are designed so you have the skills needed to work with some of society’s most vulnerable people, including the elderly, children, and adults with learning difficulties. We have a range of full time BTEC health and social care courses, from entry level up to higher education, and health and social care apprenticeships. We also offer part time health and social care training courses for those who cannot study full time and for those already working in the industry who want to further their qualifications.

The health and social care industry

The NHS is the UK’s largest employer of health and social care, providing 1.7 million people with health and social care jobs. In the West Midlands, more than 112,000 people are employed the NHS, mainly working in our biggest hospitals such as the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and the Children’s Hospital. Over half of the people working in health and social care in Birmingham work with the elderly.

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Health and social care at South and City College Birmingham

We have a range of courses in health and social care for people at all levels. Our health and care courses are taught by tutors who have worked in the industry and who will share their experiences with you.

You will learn what is health and social care, about the industry and gain the skills, experience and qualifications you need as well as finding out about the health and social care jobs available to you.

You will benefit from our links with the local health and social care sector, and will have the opportunity to do work placements in local nursing homes, day centres, local authorities, hospitals and a range of other organisations. We also have an on-site nursery Sunny Bunnies.

Our health and social care department was graded 'outstanding' in our last Ofsted inspection so you will be learning in a first-class environment, which has been proven by our excellent success rates.

Please note: If you are interested in working more specifically with children, please see our child care courses.

People in the health and social care industry may work as:

  • Care assistant
  • Support worker
  • Social work assistant
  • Social worker
  • Carer

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