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What exactly is Health & Social Care?
Health & Social Care covers work carried out by care workers, personal assistants, domiciliary care workers, community support and outreach workers, supervisors, senior care workers in adult social care and for example healthcare assistants or clinical support workers in the health sector. It’s suitable for those working in the NHS, with private health care or social care providers, local authorities and voluntary organisations.

What is it like working in Health & Social Care?

If you enjoy helping people and want to make a difference to their lives, a career in Health & Social Care could be just what you are looking for. Most jobs in the sector involve helping people who have difficulties with their daily activities. You could work with children, people with physical or learning disabilities, older people or families.

There are two main pathways – Adult Social Care and Health Care. Adult Social Care will usually involve working in a residential care home or in the community. The Health Care pathway is appropriate for those working in a hospital or Doctor’s surgery, hospices or private clinics. A good care assistant has a friendly and caring approach and the ability to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds. Patience and a sense of humour are also important.

Your working hours will vary, depending on your job, and may include evenings, weekends or split shifts. If you work at a residential location, you may be expected to stay overnight on a rota basis. In some jobs, for example as a personal assistant, you might live in. Part-time hours are widely available. If you work in the community you may need to travel between clients’ homes.

For more information on the careers available in Health and Social Care visit the Skills for Care or the Every Day is Different websites.

Employers in the Health & Social Care sector can receive funding, up to £1200, from the Department of Health and Social Care towards training costs via the Workforce Development Fund.  Click here for more details.

What can I expect to earn?
  • Starting salaries can be between £12,500 and £16,000 a year.
  • With experience, qualifications and extra responsibilities or specialist support worker skills this may rise to between £18,000 and £21,000.
  • In some cases, free or low-cost accommodation is provided. You may be paid a higher hourly rate for night shifts and weekend work.

Figures are supplied by the National Careers Service and are intended as a guideline only.

How can HTP Apprenticeship College help me get a job in Health & Social Care?

You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to start a Health & Social Care programme with HTP Apprenticeship College, although good grades in Maths and English will be beneficial. HTP Apprenticeship College offers three great ways to enable you to start a career. Full-time Courses are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3, Traineeships where you undertake work experience to make sure the sector is right for you or an Apprenticeship where you will be earning and learning right from the start.

Thousands of young people have succeeded with an Apprenticeship through HTP. You could too!

David Havard started working part-time to save money for University but loved the job so much he decided to undertake an Apprenticeship at Ryde House, one of the leading providers of services to people with disabilities. He is now working towards his Higher Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care.
Danni Gulliver completed her Level 2 qualification on a full-time course and is now employed and working towards her Advanced Apprenticeship at Fairhaven Care Home.
Work with the best…
We’ve already placed young people like you with these and many other reputable establishments:

Get started today – your way

There are three great ways you can begin your career in Health & Social Care through HTP Apprenticeship College. Choosing the right one for you depends on how ready you are to start work.

Get straight into work

Are you keen to start a career in Health and Social Care? Why not earn while you learn and gain nationally-recognised qualifications with an HTP Apprenticeship – the best way to get straight into the workplace. The usual first stage is an ‘Intermediate’ Apprenticeship and if after that, you want to gain more qualifications, you can progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship.
Intermediate Apprenticeship
Intermediate Apprenticeship

  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) or (Health)
  • Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if you do not already have GCSE at Grades C or above)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
Advanced / Higher Apprenticeship

Advanced Apprenticeship

  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adult Social Care)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (you will be exempt if you already have GCSE at Grades C or above in these subjects) Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills


  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (you will be exempt if you already have GCSE at Grades C or above in these subjects)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills

Higher Apprenticeship

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (General or Specialist Adult Social Care)

Get some experience first

Not sure if working in Health & Social care is for you? No problem. Try out working and gaining skills in a real business for 6 weeks – 6 months and find out if it is. If it isn’t, we can help you find another! A Traineeship is a great way to get a taste of a real workplace, gain experience and skills, and progress to an Apprenticeship or other employment.

This Traineeship

HTP Training works with a large number of employers in the Health and Social Care sector, many of which will offer a keen young person a chance to demonstrate their potential with a view to taking them on as an apprentice. HTP will help you find the right potential employer and get you underway. When you are on work experience you may get some expenses towards things like travel and meals. On a Traineeship you will:

  • get a minimum of 6 weeks work experience
  • take part in classroom-based training at one of our training centres to help you prepare for work
  • have the chance to achieve maths and English qualifications (if you need to)
  • receive all the information, advice and guidance you need to get your career underway
After your Traineeship
After you have completed your Traineeship you will progress on to your Apprenticeship or into other employment.

Get ready and confident

Many young people would like to feel a little more prepared or confident about starting work before applying for a job in Health and Social Care. That’s where our career-focused Full-time Courses come in. They’re not like being at school or college and you also undertake a period of work experience with a local organisation to gain practical workplace skills and knowledge.
This Full-time Course
You’ll be based at one of our Skills Centre at Little London in Newport on the Isle of Wight, where you can undertake the Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health and Social Care, the Level 2 or the Level 3 BTEC Diplomas in Health and Social Care.  The course also includes work experience with a local employer. On this course you’ll learn about:

  • Healthy Living
  • Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care
  • Understanding Disability
  • Dementia
  • The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing
  • Infection Control in Health and Social Care
After your Full-time Course
After you have successfully completed the Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications you can progress to your Level 3 Diploma or we will help you secure an Advanced Apprenticeship with a local employer.

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