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Future career options

A job in care can help you towards a career pathway to many exciting opportunities such as roles in nursing, midwifery, paramedics, or managing a home or care service. You may also decide to specialise in fields such as dementia care, or helping people with learning disabilities. To see an example of how your career could progress, see our Career Pathway Diagram.

Adult Community Learning (ACL)

Essex Adult Community Learning (ACL) offers a range of apprenticeships and programmes in the medical, health, and care sectors, helping you to gain the qualifications you need for a career in this industry. The health and social care sector offers lots of job opportunities. From becoming a qualified care worker or manager to owning your own care provider business.- the opportunities are endless. To find out more, read our apprenticeship brochure, call 03330139502 or email

Career path for health and social care:

  • Traineeship / Study programme (Level 1 Care Certificate)
  • Care Leadership and Management Higher Apprenticeship Level 5
  • Clinical Healthcare Support Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Clinical Healthcare Support Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Adult Care Worker
  • Lead Adult Care Worker
  • Qualified Care Worker
  • Senior Care Worker / Team Manager (Level 4 Diploma QCF)
  • Registered Manager / Deputy Manager (Level 5 Foundation Degree)
  • Area Manager
  • Care business owner

Visit Skills for Care to find out more about careers in health and social care.

Colchester Institute - health and social care courses

Colchester Institute is the largest vocational college in North Essex, and the largest provider of apprenticeships in Essex. Their health and social care courses are delivered by highly qualified tutors with a range of professional healthcare experience, and their expertise is valued by students.

There are excellent resources including well-equipped laboratories, and classrooms with interactive technology. Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of areas within the industry sector including:

  • Assistant Healthcare Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship Level 5
  • Care Leadership and Management Higher Apprenticeship Level 5
  • Clinical Healthcare Support Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Clinical Healthcare Support Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Health and Social Care Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Health and Social Care Intermediate Apprenticeship

To find out more about these apprenticeships, and for live vacancies please visit the Apprenticeships page on the Colchester Institute website.

Chelmsford College

You'll want to feel confident that in addition to a strong set of qualifications you have the right experience to start your Health and Social Care career.  At Chelmsford College you're offered a wide range of apprenticeships and specialist courses, on a part-time and full-time basis so you can gain the practical experience and industry knowledge you'll need to succeed.

You'll have excellent resources and learn from teaching staff who have first hand experience in a variety of roles from social work to healthcare professionals. 
Choose from:
  • BTEC Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care
  • Adult Care Worker Level 2
  • Healthcare Support Worker Level 2
  • Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3
  • Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Health and Social Care for Adults
  • and Senior Healthcare Support Worker Level 3
To find out more please join us for a Showcase Open Evening or visit our website.
Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England.  They offer a wide range of courses including nursing, midwifery and social work.


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