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It is clear that the UK’s health and social care system is lacking 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 to work in. 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. A large number 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.

Kendal College Health & Social Care tutors are all ex-industry professionals with wide 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 strongly on work placements to develop 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 sectors of Health & Social Care.

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

Meet your tutor

Debbie Kavanagh is a Lecturer in Health & Social Care at Kendal College and is positive about the broad range of opportunities that are available in the industry today.

The sense of reward and achievement from knowing that you’ve helped someone is a fantastic feeling and I consider myself to be in a privileged position to support students start their careers in this fascinating, unpredictable, but extremely rewarding sector.

View our courses

Health & Social Care BSc (Hons) Top-Up
Degree-level 6 1st Aug 2019 1 Year

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

The course will lead to the completion of BSc (Hons) degree, as it is the final year of a 3-year degree course. All of our tutors have relevant sector experience, including nurses and social workers, which means that they can draw on personal experience to illustrate theoretical principles.

Health & Social Care Foundation Degree
Degree-level 4/5 1st Aug 2019 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

The Foundation Degree (Level 4 & 5) in Health and Social Care offers an exciting pathway for developing a career working in health and social care including progressing onto professional course in both health and social care. The aim is to produce a "practice ready workforce" and maintain an excellent learning environment.

Health & Social Care
Full-time 2 2nd Sep 2019 1 Year

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This is a practical, work-related course, which will involve studying projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

The course will introduce you to health and social care and provide a good basis to go on to more advanced work-related qualification. You will learn about life span development from childhood to full maturity and how we can care for people in our society.

Health & Social Care
Full-time 3 2nd Sep 2019 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This course is for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in health or social care, for example; nursing, occupational therapy, social work or youth work. The course is taught by a team of professional staff, with strong teaching and vocational experience. You will spend three days in college and one day per week in work placement in a care setting. You will get three placements over two years, developing skills and knowledge which will help you in your assignments and enhance your career prospects or prepare for university.

Exploring the Caring Sectors (Health & Social Care)
Full-time 1 2nd Sep 2019 1 Year

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This course will introduce you to caring and working with both children and adults. It will allow you to develop a basic knowledge and understanding of the care sector.

Work experience will be included for suitable candidates.

Healthcare Cadet Programme
Full-time 3 2nd Sep 2019 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This programme is for those who wish to start their career journey into Healthcare. You will study for a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (equivalent to 3 A Levels) at the College for three days per week and spend two days per week on placement at University Hospital Morecambe Bay Trust, gaining significant practical hands-on experience that will develop your skills and employability further.

Counselling Skills
Part-time 2 Enquire 15 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

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.

Counselling Skills
Part-time 2 Enquire 15 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

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.