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Health and Social Care

A great career

You can get an enormous sense of personal achievement by making a positive difference to people’s lives. A career in social care offers long-term employment prospects, with great opportunities for promotion and progression. All of our care courses have excellent results – with student achievement being above national average – for all levels!


“Welcome to Health and Social Care at Hackney Community College.

In a recent survey of people working in social care, 88% of people said they were happy in their jobs and 99% said that they like feeling that they help people.

You can gain an enormous sense of personal achievement by making a positive difference to people’s lives. And a career in social care offers long-term employment prospects, with great opportunities for promotion and progression.

All the tutors here have backgrounds in the industry and they share these experiences with us. You’ll get hands on practical work experience to complement the theory that you learn – as everyone does a work placement, which they help you find.

The courses cover what you would learn in an induction at work; so by the time you finish your course, you’re work-ready – giving you the edge over other candidates applying for jobs.

The College has fantastic links with employers who regularly come in to talk to students about the different jobs and opportunities available. They sometimes even offer us paid work experience!

The courses range from entry level right up to level 5 – and there’s a wide range of progression routes with qualifications that are relevant in the work place – making you really attractive to employers.

Many students are adults returning to study – but there are also younger students too. This diverse and vibrant learning environment is great fun and we learn a lot from other students. And don’t worry if English isn’t your first language; HCC is very good at supporting you and getting your English and numeracy up to a higher level.

All of the care courses have excellent results – with student achievement being above national average – for all levels!

So come and have a look round the college and find out what makes HCC so good.”

Click here to view our Health and Social Care courses

What do I need to get on the course?

Age 19+, successful written test and interview plus proof of Maths & English GCSEs grade C or Functional Skills Level 2. If you wish to take these qualifications before applying for Access, Maths/English courses are available free of charge at the college by application.

Where does it lead?

A range of degrees including BA (Hons) Social Work, Psychosocial Studies, BA (Hons), Sociology (Professional Development), BSc (Hons)

How will I learn?

Through a wide range of activities including lectures, small and large group work, seminars, projects, tests, and presentations.

How will the learning be examined or assessed?

Through coursework, assignments, marked presentations and examinations.

What are my options after studying Health and Social Care?

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Social work
  • Paramedics
  • Higher education