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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE COURSES FOR 16-19 YEAR OLDS 

Are you looking to make a difference to someone’s life? Wanting to help vulnerable people, being a good communicator and having a flexible approach to work are all qualities that help you start a great career within the health and social care industry.

It is a large sector that continues to grow, and offers many opportunities. Our study programmes are designed to offer you a wide range of progression routes so that you can find the perfect career path.

Our Health and Social Care courses are perfect for enthusiastic young minds, keen to achieve greatness by progressing to university or into employment within a rewarding and fulfilling industry focused on helping other people and the community.

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Level 1 in college

Health and Social Care, Certificate

1 Year
Sep 2024
LOXTON CAMPUS
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Level 2 in college

Adult Care Worker, Apprenticeship

13 Months
Aug 2024
LOXTON CAMPUS
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Level 2 in college

Health and Social Care Traineeship

1 Year
Sep 2024
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Level 2 in college

Health and Social Care, Extended Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2024
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Level 2 apprenticeship

Healthcare Support Worker, Apprenticeship

13 Months
Aug 2024
LOXTON CAMPUS
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Level 3 t level

Health: Supporting Adult Nurse Team, T Level

2 Years
Sep 2024
LOXTON CAMPUS
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Level 3 apprenticeship

Senior Healthcare Support Worker, Apprenticeship

24 Months
Aug 2024
DELIVERED IN THE WORKPLACE
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Level 3 apprenticeship

Senior Healthcare Support Worker, Apprenticeship

24 Months
Aug 2024
DELIVERED IN THE WORKPLACE
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Level 3 apprenticeship

Senior Healthcare Support Worker, Apprenticeship

24 Months
Aug 2024
DELIVERED IN THE WORKPLACE
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Level 3 apprenticeship

Senior Healthcare Support Worker, Apprenticeship

24 Months
Aug 2024
DELIVERED IN THE WORKPLACE
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Level 3 apprenticeship

Senior Healthcare Support Worker, Apprenticeship

24 Months
Aug 2024
DELIVERED IN THE WORKPLACE
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Level 3 in college

Social Care, BTEC Extended Diploma

2 Years
Sep 2024
LOXTON CAMPUS
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Taking learning beyond the classroom, college-based programmes will be taught in our multi-million-pound Health and Active Living Skills Centre , where you will benefit from:

  • The first facility of its kind – purpose-built to address the local skills shortage
  • A simulation training hospital ward – preparing you for employment
  • Hi-tech medical mannequins - giving you experience of clinical procedures that’s as real to life as possible
  • Will also be used by the NHS to upskill existing staff, so you will get to mix with people already in the industry
  • Industry leading Virtual reality headsets and 360 video software to provide real world scenarios.

 

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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

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Learner Feedback: It was so interesting to hear about how differently she grew up to me and all her morals and goals. It was encouraging that you can achieve anything despite barriers you may face.
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I chose this course because I have always had an interest in health and social care. I've always admired how healthcare professionals work holistically with individuals to help them heal and recover. The course seemed like the perfect way to learn more about the industry and gain the necessary skills to pursue a career in healthcare.
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Health & Social Care BTEC Extended Diploma

LATEST NEWS

T Level Health learners in classroom

<p paraeid="{8e8ba9d8-2a05-436c-bfaf-6b937e36a7e8}{161}" paraid="1370323963">Are you looking for your next step in becoming a healthcare professional? We have some great news for you!&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{8e8ba9d8-2a05-436c-bfaf-6b937e36a7e8}{167}" paraid="657595657">At Weston College, we believe that a <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/healt… Level in Health</a> is the perfect course to help you gain vital skills, develop professional AND academic knowledge and kickstart your career!&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{8e8ba9d8-2a05-436c-bfaf-6b937e36a7e8}{187}" paraid="1704333789">Delivered at our Health and Active Living Skills Centre (HALSC), Health T Level learners benefit from our top-of-the-range, industry-standard facilities. These include the Immersive Simulation Room – built to act as preparation for a real hospital environment.&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{8e8ba9d8-2a05-436c-bfaf-6b937e36a7e8}{247}" paraid="1980978603">Studying a T Level in Health means you'll get the best of both worlds: a top-notch technical qualification, plus real-world experience that will give you a competitive edge when it comes to career development.&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{369f95fc-7936-41f7-9799-17363026dfc4}{4}" paraid="274602459">T Levels are now considered the new gold standard in technical qualifications, a key part of training the next wave of healthcare workers. Our courses are designed in collaboration with leading industry professionals to provide you with the skills you need to succeed in a career in health.&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{369f95fc-7936-41f7-9799-17363026dfc4}{14}" paraid="1410951558">Students studying Health T Level are given the opportunity to work within the health industry, with many learners completing placements at hospitals and clinics like <a href="https://www.uhbristol.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/your-hospitals/brist…;, <a href="https://www.waht.nhs.uk/">Weston</a&gt; and <a href="https://www.sirona-cic.org.uk/">Sirona</a&gt; across areas such as cardiology, orthopaedics and trauma.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{369f95fc-7936-41f7-9799-17363026dfc4}{59}" paraid="869390592">Within these highly sought-after placements, students are encouraged to learn about physical diagnosis and treatment with the support of experienced nurses, doctors and other health professionals. This way of studying pushes our learners to develop their technical knowledge by learning about medical equipment and clinical tasks, as well as about the patients themselves. Learners gain experience working with people from different backgrounds and become more familiar and confident in understanding a range of patient needs and how to approach them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{369f95fc-7936-41f7-9799-17363026dfc4}{122}" paraid="173283725">With this in mind, we’re shining a spotlight on our amazing second year Health T Level learners by celebrating the shining success they’ve had throughout their recent industry placements at BRI, Weston and Sirona.&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{369f95fc-7936-41f7-9799-17363026dfc4}{186}" paraid="1660628850">Industry professional mentors have given our learners, Rubie, Bella, Maddie, Ellie, Chris and Maya, glowing reviews – stating they are “amazing and confident! They are able to speak to patients, support with observations, answer call bells and monitor food and fluid intakes. They have integrated into the team and have shown such enthusiasm to learn and ask questions.”&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{369f95fc-7936-41f7-9799-17363026dfc4}{216}" paraid="1608320285">We also caught up with learner, Christiana, who told us:&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{369f95fc-7936-41f7-9799-17363026dfc4}{228}" paraid="919155635">“My work placement was at Weston General Hospital&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{369f95fc-7936-41f7-9799-17363026dfc4}{236}" paraid="150570759">I absolutely loved it, having hands on experience in the hospital was so beneficial to my education and supported me in learning how to apply what I learnt in college to real life. The staff were all so welcoming and eager to show me the ropes.&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{369f95fc-7936-41f7-9799-17363026dfc4}{242}" paraid="1798443674">My favourite part of my placement was learning the tricks of the trade and using the different equipment in a clinical setting. I also enjoyed exploring different parts of the hospital such as radiology and the surgical department and talking to different members of the multidisciplinary team.”&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{28c0593d-5b5b-4452-9d39-7a376735ceba}{1}" paraid="920390966">Amazing stuff!&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{28c0593d-5b5b-4452-9d39-7a376735ceba}{7}" paraid="590886585">To find out more about why you should study a T Level in Health, <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/healt… here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{28c0593d-5b5b-4452-9d39-7a376735ceba}{13}" paraid="555944260">To discover more opportunities in T Levels, <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/t-lev… here</a>.&nbsp;</p>

Four alumni standing on stairs, smiling

<p>Four Health and Social Care Alumni, Finn, Jade, Nonna and Emily, had a long overdue reunion with their teacher, Sarah-Jane, a week ago. We were able to catch up with them to find out what they had been up to in their time since leaving the college, including their time so far at university, and their plans for the future.</p>

<p>The four had all progressed onto university courses in the Health and Social Care field, with Jade, Finn and Nonna opting for Adult Nursing, and Emily completing Paramedic Sciences.</p>

<p>Each student excitedly spoke about how their level 3 course at college prepared them for the tricky transition up to university, Finn sharing, “It was quite hard for a little bit because we were using Zoom – we used zoom and teams sometimes at college so it helped to prepare us, but trying to meet new people was difficult. Sarah-Jane used to teach us in the way that uni lecturers do though, where they put the slides on the screen and just talk. That definitely helped us get used to that style of teaching!”</p>

<p>Jade commented, “I actually found the transition really easy! The first module was basically what I had learnt at college, which made me more confident as I knew what I was doing. My first assignment was similar to ones we’d done previously at college, so I felt fully prepared!”</p>

<p>The students also shared their favourite part of studying at Weston College; Finn told us, “Undoubtedly the social side. I’m not from Weston so I didn’t know anyone when I first started, but you meet so many people so quickly. It really helps build your social skills which is so important when going into Nursing.”</p>

<p>Nonna and Jade added, “The lessons in the <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/news/state-art-nursing-simulators-arrive-healt… Room</a> (the simulation industry-standard hospital ward on campus) were incredibly helpful in preparing us for the nitty gritty of personal care, as well as the work placements we were lucky enough to complete. Both of these helped all of us out so much in getting a head start on our courses at uni!”</p>

<p>Our four learners all hope to go into nursing after gaining their degree! Finn hopes to specialise in burns and trauma, and plans on staying in the nursing career for “the next forty odd years”! Jade is looking into working in sexual health, though recently did a placement on an endoscopy unit which she also found really interesting. Nonna plans to travel with her nursing degree, and hopes it can take her to Australia. Emily would love to become a paramedic, and in the future specialise in critical care.</p>

<p>Congratulations to all our amazing alumni for how far they’ve come since leaving college, and good luck for their incredibly promising futures!</p>

<p><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/healt… you're interested in courses in Health and Social Care, click here!</a></p>

Female Health and Social Student standing in front of College sign

<p paraeid="{d7aae37c-9473-4c0c-af1d-d30ccfb7750c}{167}" paraid="2069836205">Fantastic news in <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/healt…; rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Health and Social Care</a> as Level 3 learner, Leah, finishes off her second-year studies and heads straight into full-time employment as a Paediatrics Nursing Associate with the prestigious John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{d7aae37c-9473-4c0c-af1d-d30ccfb7750c}{188}" paraid="1085634926">Leah has had immense success throughout her time at college, previously taking part in Lateral Flow and Vaccination training, selected by tutors in recognition of her hard work and dedication to her studies. This led to further opportunities, with Leah working as a qualified vaccinator administering Covid vaccines to patients throughout the pandemic.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{d7aae37c-9473-4c0c-af1d-d30ccfb7750c}{188}" paraid="1085634926">&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{d7aae37c-9473-4c0c-af1d-d30ccfb7750c}{198}" paraid="2016446386">To celebrate Leah’s success and the beginning of her career in the Healthcare industry, we asked her some questions:&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{d7aae37c-9473-4c0c-af1d-d30ccfb7750c}{204}" paraid="1088828902"><em><strong>What made you want to go into Paediatrics?</strong></em>&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{d7aae37c-9473-4c0c-af1d-d30ccfb7750c}{210}" paraid="1433315195">I’ve always preferred working with children. I used to think I might like to go into teaching, but I've always been more interested in the health side of things.&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{d7aae37c-9473-4c0c-af1d-d30ccfb7750c}{220}" paraid="410168397"><em><strong>Was there anything about the course you have studied that helped you along your way to making that decision?&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p paraeid="{d7aae37c-9473-4c0c-af1d-d30ccfb7750c}{230}" paraid="168043471">Yes definitely. Studying Health and Social Care helped me learn about the different jobs and opportunities in nursing. Working with case studies within my assignments really interested me because it gave me insight into real life situations that happen when working with patients.&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{d7aae37c-9473-4c0c-af1d-d30ccfb7750c}{238}" paraid="1507454671"><em><strong>What about your course has helped you prepare for this job?&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p paraeid="{d7aae37c-9473-4c0c-af1d-d30ccfb7750c}{244}" paraid="22121840">My placements really helped. I have been doing Covid vaccinations, which has really inspired and motivated me to feel confident talking to new people and deal with difficult situations. Through the course, I have also had the opportunity to work in several care homes and I’ve realised that’s not really what I want to do. So, the course has really helped me work out what I enjoy and what I want to pursue, and also show me what I what I don’t really want to do in the future.&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{15991ff9-7c7a-4e8d-9652-a5a85afc8553}{15}" paraid="1597066047"><em><strong>What would you say is the best thing about studying here?&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p paraeid="{15991ff9-7c7a-4e8d-9652-a5a85afc8553}{21}" paraid="2134014655">The staff definitely push you, which at first seemed stressful, but now that I’m finishing and looking back I realise that it actually really helped me and allowed me to learn and grow a lot – they just push you to do your best. There’s also always lots of opportunities, becoming a vaccinator was an opportunity that came up through college, my lecturers recognised my hard work and put me forward for the training. It was really nice to be selected.&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{15991ff9-7c7a-4e8d-9652-a5a85afc8553}{55}" paraid="1703599631"><em><strong>What would you say to somebody who’s thinking of studying Health and Social Care?&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p paraeid="{15991ff9-7c7a-4e8d-9652-a5a85afc8553}{65}" paraid="1141228734">I would say go for it! I wasn’t sure what to choose at first, but it’s a great course to pick because there are so many options afterwards, whether you go down the Health side or the Social Care side. It gives you an overview and experience of both so you get it helps you to choose.&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{15991ff9-7c7a-4e8d-9652-a5a85afc8553}{87}" paraid="939725994">&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{15991ff9-7c7a-4e8d-9652-a5a85afc8553}{87}" paraid="939725994">The Health and Social Care team are exceptionally proud of Leah and her incredible achievements.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{15991ff9-7c7a-4e8d-9652-a5a85afc8553}{93}" paraid="157474621">To find out more about the opportunities available in Health and Social Care at Weston College <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/healt…; rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">click here</a>.&nbsp;</p>

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