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Childcare, Health & Social Care

Signal 1's Skills Showdown - Childcare

Childcare, Health & Social Care

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Childcare, health and social care jobs can be very rewarding, with the potential to help care for people of all ages in a wide range of work settings. The choice of jobs is diverse, from the medical treatment of patients to working in a nursery.

With jobs in both the NHS and the private sector available, healthcare is a major employer in the UK. There are a number of different types of career within the industry, to suit a variety of people. If you know that you would like a career working with children, then childcare courses offer a great way to progress from Entry Level to Foundation degrees. Many childcare students then go on to higher education too.

At Stoke on Trent College you will be learning in a state-of-the-art building with industry standard, cutting edge facilities to help you get the best out of your course. This includes our brand new skills lab where learners can develop their practical skills and have the opportunity to enter World Skills competitions for Health and Social Care. What’s more, you can be sure of experienced tutors offering one-to-one support, great opportunities to progress and different levels of courses to suit individual needs.

Importantly we offer weekly training in a range of real work situations to make sure you get the experience you need to develop your knowledge skills.


  • Over 240,000 healthcare jobs in the Northwest
  • Experienced Social Workers can earn up to £40,000 a year
  • Newly qualified NHS nurses earn over £21,000 a year
  • Qualified Teachers earn up to £39,000 a year
  • Pharmacists earn £23,000 - £31,000 a year
  • Occupational Therapists earn £23,000 - £39,000 a year
  • Laboratory Technicians earn around £21,000 per year
  • Qualified Physiotherapists can earn up to £45,000 a year


  • Childcare
  • Development Officer
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Midwife
  • Nanny
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursery Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Social Worker
Charlotte Wooliscroft

Charlotte is studying towards her BTEC National Diploma in order to study at university to be an adult nurse. She has found both her course and college life really enjoyable.

Charlotte says:
“Taking the BTEC National Diploma is the best route for me to go on to university. I’ve enjoyed my course and found it really interesting – I have learned something new with every unit. The three placements I took in my first year were great, and gave me a really good insight into how caring professions work in practice.

“My advice would be to get involved with all the other opportunities on offer at college alongside your course. There’s plenty to do, such as the Challenge South Africa scheme which I enjoyed taking part in.”

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