Working in social care? Call out to all human rights activists, gold-hearted people and robin hoods in this world.

Social care is about providing physical, emotional and social support to help people live their lives. For various reasons and at different stages in their lives, some people need support to develop and maintain their independence, dignity, and control.

Social care provides a whole range of services to support adults and older people.

If you work in social care, you could help people in their own homes, in residential homes or in a number of other places such as day centres or supported housing.

The Government has set out the need for the health and social care sectors to develop new integrated care models to promote health and wellbeing and provide care. In the future, this could mean your career crossing both sectors in new and exciting roles.

What qualifications are in the scoop;

The NHS Leadership Academy (which runs the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme) has developed a Graduate Management Programme in conjunction with the Department of Health, Skills for Care and social care employers. The programme consists of a 12-month work placement with a social care organisation, including a secondment within a health care setting. You’ll also complete two qualifications, which will challenge you to develop your knowledge and management skills.

You will have to most likely to Complete a Bachelor’s Degree. Care coordinators typically have a 4-year degree in a communications, business, or medical field, such as public relations or health care administration.

For the particular social worker career path you will need a social work degree course you usually need two or three A levels, along with five GCSEs (grades A-C), including English and maths. Or you could have alternative qualifications, including: BTEC, HND or HNC. relevant NVQ.

The various types you can work in after your qualification is completed.

  • care worker
  • social worker
  • community support and outreach worker
  • supervisors and managers
  • occupational therapist
  • activities coordinator

How can you further develop in this path?

Progression can be:

Sideways into a different type of job which could involve working in a different setting or with a different group of people.


A move up into a job with more responsibility, which requires new skills, knowledge and qualifications.

Social care is always changing to meet the needs of an ageing population and people living longer with complex conditions. There’s also great focus on supporting people to live independently, often at home.

This means that care organisations are working in new ways, creating lots of new and exciting job roles.

Do your qualifications!

There are over 50 vocational qualifications at different levels in social care. They’re specific to social care and teach you the practical skills and knowledge you need for your role or the role you want to progress into. You could also do an apprenticeship to help you progress; they’re available for new and existing staff of any age.

If you’ve progressed to a lead or advanced practitioner role, you’re likely to be in a role that requires a Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care or a Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership.

From these roles you can go further into a more advanced management or professional role with greater responsibility, leadership or influence.

The choice is yours the direction your aiming for is for sure rewarding in many ways.

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