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 social work agencies.

Courses available in Health, Social Care and Nursing

See below for the full list of Health, Social Care and Nursing 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.

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

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.

Career Paths:

  • Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Care Worker
  • Child Psychologist
  • Youth Worker
  • Teacher
  • Learning Support Assistant


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.

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

Entry Requirements

Level 3

A minimum of five 9-4 GCSE subject grades, including English Language and Maths. Students must also have a clear DBS.

Level 2

A minimum of four 9-3 GCSE subject grades, including English Language and Maths. Students must also have a clear DBS.

Level 1

A minimum of four 9-2 GCSE subject grades, including English Language.

What could these courses lead on to?

By achieving qualifications in Health, Social Care and Nursing 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.