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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
Manisha Khan

Manisha is a second year Childcare and Education student. Despite being deaf she has succeeded in progressing from a Level 1 qualification through to Level 3, and has already been accepted onto a Degree course at Staffordshire University.

Course Team Leader Lyndsey Sage said: “Manisha is an excellent ambassador for the College, a key member of the student community, and dedicates significant time to the Students with Disabilities Group.

“As a well-liked member of the group, she fully participates in college life, including joining the recent Challenge South Africa programme, where she spoke about her experience with other students.”

The star student, who wants to work with children with special needs, added: “I feel very proud that my determination and hard work has led to this award. I’ve had a lot of support from my lecturers and the Learning Support Department over the past two years and that’s given me the opportunity to develop my confidence and become more independent as a person.”

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