Health, Social Care and Nursing

The exciting and innovative courses in Health, Social Care and Nursing at Riverside College provide students with invaluable experience in a variety of different healthcare settings allowing them to develop professional skills to a high standard.
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An integral part of the courses is the completion of a range of placements which offer the opportunity for the student to develop vital practical skills and relate theory to practice. At Riverside students benefit from our new clinical practice ward with the latest equipment, and our innovative partnerships with the NHS and Community Integrated Care (CIC) offers students wide ranging experiences and skills in settings including hospitals, mental health care settings, care homes, SEN schools and with social work agencies.

Courses available in Health and Social Care

See below for the full list of Health and Social Care courses available at Riverside College. Please refer to the entry requirements listed further down the page to help identify which level is right for you.

Once you have made an application to the College you will be invited in for an interview with the admissions team who will help to identify the right course, at the right level to meet your goals and aspirations.

Level Qualification Course Title Location Duration
1 CACHE Diploma Introduction to Health & Social Care and Children and Young People Kingsway 1 Year
2 BTEC Diploma Health and Social Care Kingsway 1 Year
3 BTEC Extended Diploma Health and Social Care Cronton and Kingsway 2 Years
3 BTEC Extended Diploma Nurse Cadet Programme (Health Studies) Cronton 2 Years

Career Paths:

  • Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Care Worker
  • Child Psychologist
  • Youth Worker
  • Teacher
  • Learning Support Assistant
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Gaining practical experience is vital in this industry and our courses provide students with exceptional opportunities through our extensive placement programme at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Students will undertake placements in a variety of settings depending on their chosen career path. Placements include settings such as hospitals, primary schools, mental health settings, dentists and social work agencies.

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Unique experience

  • NEW industry standard Clinical Practice Ward
  • NHS Core Skills
  • Prestigious placements including NHS
  • Take part in the UK Skills Care competition
  • Opportunities to work on strategic projects for local employers including CIC and NHS
  • Educational trips to Europe
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Entry Requirements

Level 3

A minimum of 5 A*- C GCSE subject grades or numerical equivalent, including English Language and Maths. Students must also have a clear DBS.

Level 2

A minimum of 4 A* – D GCSE subject grades or numerical equivalent, including English Language and Maths. Students must also have a clear DBS.

Level 1

A minimum of 4 A* – E GCSE subject grades or numerical equivalent, including English Language.

What could these courses lead on to?

By achieving qualifications in Health and Social Care you will be choosing a career in the UK’s largest industry. You can progress into employment or apprenticeships in a wide range of fields including nursing, social work and teaching to name a few.

Following the Level 3 you can progress to degrees in Adult & Children’s Nursing, Mental Health & Learning Disability Nursing, Social Care, Youth Work and Public Health as well as degrees in other allied health professions such as paramedics, radiography, operation department practitioner, midwifery, occupational therapy and podiatry etc.

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In the News:

Future Nurses Visit John Moores

Health and Social Care students had the exclusive opportunity to meet the health team and students at Liverpool John Moores University, gaining an insight into the university courses and facilities.

Nurses Liverpool John Moores

Students were able to access the fantastic and realistic working environment resources, including access to the simulated ambulance and midwifery suite. John Moore’s student mentors provided learners with a tour of the accommodation and department facilities.

Dr Susan Ashton, Pre-Registration Nursing Programme Manager, said, “It was lovely to see so many students who may be considering coming to Liverpool John Moores University to study Nursing or Allied Health.

“It was clear to see that the students were actively engaged in the event and took opportunities to ask questions and seek clarification on admissions procedures and placement opportunities. The students were a credit to Riverside College.”

Students celebrate ‘Nurses Day’ at Warrington Hospital

Students studying on the Health and Social Care course at Riverside College had a great opportunity to learn from experienced professionals during a trip to Warrington Hospital for ‘Nurses Day ‘which takes place on Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

The students were able to meet nurses from students to Matrons, visit different areas of the hospital including the busy A&E ward and the maternity ward and experience what life would be like as a nurse in Warrington Hospital.