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It is clear that the UK’s health and social care system is struggling, and with an increasingly ageing population, there is a significant demand for more people to enter the industry. In fact, around two million new workers will need to be trained and recruited by 2022.

Yes, there are current pressures in the industry, but health & social care remains one of the most humbling and rewarding sectors. Courses open up a wide and varied range of job opportunities, from nurses, midwives and physiotherapists to care and social workers, psychologists and counsellors employed by the NHS, local authorities, charities and schools. Many of our students also progress to university or Higher Level study in areas like nursing and medicine, and our achievement rates are higher than the national average.

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Our tutors are all ex-industry professionals with vast experience who have built up excellent links with local employers, including the NHS, university training departments, mental health trusts, nursing and care homes and rehabilitation centres.

Courses focus on work placements to develop your first-hand experience and broaden students’ understanding of care services. Classroom work is varied, exciting and practical, and tutors actively encourage guest speakers, visits and travel to experience all health & social care sectors.

There is a range of part-time and full-time courses available in health & social care at Kendal College.

The tutors are very supportive and really approachable for help and support with assignments. It is a relaxed atmosphere and friendly.

Jason Taylor, Health and Social Care

Health T-Level

Health T-Levels are a high-quality, work-focused alternative to A-Levels for young people once they've completed their GCSEs. T-Levels are one of the main routes through which a young person will enter the health and science sector.

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Principles of Dementia Care
Distance Learning 2 12 Weeks

This qualification develops an essential understanding of caring for people with dementia, and covers the benefits of positive communication, use of medication and importance of highly individualised, person-centred care.

Principles of End of Life Care
Distance Learning 2 12 Weeks

This qualification aims to develop the learner's knowledge and understanding of how to work in end of life care and the support needed to manage pain and discomfort. Also, how dementia impacts on end of life care and the role of the care worker in time of death whilst understanding the loss and grief process.

Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health & Social Care
Distance Learning 2 12 Weeks

This qualification is designed for learners wishing to develop their understanding of the safe handling of medicines. They may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progress to further qualifications, or learners who wish to study this programme in order to complement other studies.

Common Health Conditions
Distance Learning 2 12 Weeks

This qualification aims to develop the learner's knowledge and understanding of:

- Various common health conditions
- Monitoring the health of individuals affected by health conditions

Awareness of Mental Health Problems
Distance Learning 2 12 Weeks

A great way to develop knowledge and understanding of mental health conditions, via a distance learning platform.

Full-time 2 4th Sept 2024 1 Year

This is a practical, work-related course that will involve studying projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities, and demands. The course will introduce you to Health and Social Care and provide an excellent basis for more advanced work-related qualifications.

Health T-Level
Full-time 3 4th Sept 2024 2 Years

This course combines academic knowledge with meaningful work placements with the NHS. This gives you the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to progress into all areas of nursing, including adult nursing, mental health, paramedics, and midwifery.

Counselling Skills
Part-time 2 12th Feb 2025 15 Weeks

The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (QCF) is designed to provide education and training for those who may use counselling skills when working with others, enable learners to gain a nationally-recognised, vocationally-specific qualification to assist in entering employment in fields working with people, and provide an introduction to counselling skills and develop learners knowledge and understanding.