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How do I know whether a Health and Social Care course is the right choice?

So you’re trying to decide which course is for you, and you’re considering starting off your future career with a Health and Social Care course. Before you can work out if it’s the right course for you, it’s important to pin down what interests you and what you want to get from the course.

Do you want to run your own nursery? Become a counsellor? Work as a nurse? Then you’re looking in the right place. There are a number of ways a health and social care course can foster your passions, but first you have to know what those passions are.

Which level of course should I take?

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London offer a wide range of social care courses to cater for any stage of your career. Even if you have no prior qualifications, our Level 1 courses are designed to start you on the road to success. With only some basic English and Maths tests required, once you’ve completed Level 1 you can continue your journey through the levels an expand your knowledge until you are fully equipped for the job of your choice.

Alternatively, if you’ve attained the necessary qualifications, you can kick start your course at one of our higher levels and build on the knowledge you already have. To find out exactly what level is most suited to your needs, send us an application and your course tutors can make sure you’re allocated in the right level for your skills.

What does the course entail?

The nature of health and social care requires working closely with people, which means practice is the key to getting it right. To help you achieve this, most courses require hands on work experience of up to 100 hours per year. Your course teachers will also be available to share their real life experience of working in the industry; whether it’s as a nurse, counsellor or mental health professional, you can gain a unique and invaluable insight. As well as the relevant industry experience you will also learn the necessary team building and problem solving skills to help you succeed in your eventual career in the health and social care industry.

It’s not only your course teachers and fellow students you’ll be working with. We’re so proud of our health and social care courses we showcase our skills with local schools to and even  French exchange students. So by the time you finish your course, your experience with people of all ages and from all walks of life will have helped your build on the skills that will be most helpful to you.

What are my career prospects?

With a 95.1% pass rate in 2014-2015, we’re not only proud of the results our students achieve in Health and Social care but also the careers they achieve after the course has finished. We work very closely with North Middlesex University Hospital to provide career opportunities to our budding professionals. In fact, they recently placed 19 of our best students in Health and Social Care roles in and around the hospital. As well as this, they also offered 10 apprenticeship places for our students to learn on the job.

Completing a social care course can also open windows of opportunity into higher education, with many of our students pursuing degrees in nursing, public health and social care. But don’t just take our word for it, look at the stories of some of our previous students.  Audrey Lakeman was able to get her first job in 15 years thanks to her studies at CONEL, and she is now able to pursue nursing at degree level. Audrey is excelling in her career and has experienced a vast change in her life; in her own words:

“Thanks to CONEL all I see now is a strong bright light at the end of the tunnel. I can pay my bills. I can buy my son things he wants. My whole life has changed for the better.”

For more information about our Health and Social Care courses apply online today and we will arrange an opportunity to come to one of our London campus’ and speak to one of our professionals about allocating you the best course for you.

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