Health and social care is one of the most popular routes of vocational study offered anywhere, but this means that people are often unsure if it’s actually a valuable route of education to take.
After all, if lots of people are doing it, then surely that means that the qualifications themselves are not that difficult, and won’t make you stand out when it comes to looking for an employer?
Well actually you’d be wrong, for two main reasons. Let’s have a look at them here.
Differing levels of study
The first is that there’s no single NVQ (more about NVQs here) in Health and Social care; there are actually many different levels of study, each increasing in difficulty and value.
Just because you’ve seen a lot of people studying Health and Social Care at a basic level, it doesn’t mean that everyone is going to be equally qualified when it comes to the end of your period of study.
The first few levels of study give you a basic grounding in what you need to know; allowing you to work in the sector, and indeed often you’ll already need to be working to study at higher levels.
At higher levels however, things become more complex and specialised. Level 5 for instance is for those who actually want to lead others in a health or social setting, so this is actually a very valuable qualification indeed.
Job opportunities post-study
The other reason that this is definitely a good route of study to take is that you’re not overly pidgeonholed by it, and you’ll have a good base to go on and work in many, many different roles, or perhaps even continue your study.
Jobs following on from a Health and Social care qualification range widely, from things like being a social worker, right up to being a hospital doctor. It’s all about how far you want to go, and exactly how you want to specialise.
So there you have it. If you’d like to be involved in the healthcare sector, or in any role where you help people and their social situation, then this is a very good opportunity for you to take.
You can go as far as you like, specialise as much as you like, and make the qualifications work for you. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.