It’s a sad fact of life that within all communities there are vulnerable groups of people. Some need full-time care, while others need help as they can’t manage alone but are still capable of leading an independent life. As a consequence, there are numerous jobs and career paths for people wanting to work in the health and social care sector. These are people who want to make a difference and have a rewarding career supporting others.
As well as for the obvious reasons like wanting to help less fortunate people and being a caring person, some feel it’s in their nature to work in a health and social care role. It’s a kind of vocation. Others fall into working in it because of personal experience. Caring for a friend or relative can be an eye-opening path into a career in this area. Whatever the reasons, there are a number of highly valued jobs that, with the right education and training, can lead to highly satisfying careers.
There are jobs in health and social care at all levels, both full and part-time, from assistant to management level such as Care Worker, Social Worker, Community Support Worker, Occupational Therapist, Child Carer, Nurse, Paediatrician, Midwife, Police, Probation Officer or Paramedic.
The WJEC Single Award syllabus in Health and Social Care provides a broad based qualification to prepare the ground for further education. It comprises four units as detailed in the table below.