Health, Care & Early Years

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A career in early years is fulfilling, enjoyable and profoundly important. There are a number of jobs available in the sector and you can make a real difference to children and their future development.

Health & Social Care

From doctors and nurses to medical secretaries and hospital care workers, health and social care is gratifying and vast. Consisting of both private and public sector organisations including dental practices, general medical & specialist medical practices, hospitals, medical nursing homes and other health activities such as psychotherapy and physiotherapy.

Great Opportunities

If you are interested in management, you could end up being your own boss, running your own nursery, with responsibility for staff, budgets and building effective relationships with parents.

A health care consultant can earn as much as £100,000 per year!

You can work for a large employer, like the NHS which has over 2 million employees, small private practices or anything in between.

What Next?

Many of our students go on to study at universities, either in a broad care context or specialising in areas such as social work, health science or nursing. You can study a range of university courses at Coleg Gwent or take the plunge into the world of work; this hugely diverse sector offers hundreds of opportunities.

What can I study, and where?

Download the fact sheet and find out where you can study each of our different Health, Care & Early Years courses


What are the career possibilities?

Download our career maps to see what career routes you can take for Health, Care & Early Years courses.


I knew I wanted to do something with childcare and a focused coursework based subject. I like the sense of independence you get at Coleg Gwent. I have three days a week in a placement as a teaching assistant at Usk Primary School and the remaining two days in the classroom.

Ellen Rose Davies
Level 3 Childcare
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Questions & Answers

Should I apply now?

Yes, apply now to secure your place.

I would like to be a children's nurse is this the right course?

There are a variety of courses that will help you on this pathway. It will depend upon qualifications on entry.

Is this course for the children leaving school?

Normally young people leaving school go onto a course based on their GCSEs – 4 Ds and above for Level 2 and then 5 Cs and above including English and Maths for Level 3. Science may also be required if the person wants to go onto nursing.

What jobs could you go onto from doing level 3 health and social care?

There are lots of opportunities – it can lead to university for nursing etc. but also care working.

Would you do placement when doing mental health?

All Health and Social care courses above and including Level 2 have placements.

What course do I need to do to become a midwife?

You can look at either Childcare Level 3 or Health.

Could a level 3 course help me become a paediatric nurse?

A starting point would be Level 3.

Hi i would like to be a childrens play specialist is this the right course please?

Play specialist is a speciality but Level 3 Child Care is a good start.

What course would lead me onto the correct path of nursing?

Nursing will involve going to university but you can start at Level 3 or access to nursing.

I want to become a social worker what course would I need?

Level 3 Health and Social Care is a good starting point.

How many courses are you able to take if you take health and social?

These are full time courses so you would only be able to do one at a time although as part of the course you may do First Aid and Food Hygiene as well as Maths and English if you have not got these at C and above.

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