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Health & Social Care

The Explorer Programmes are suitable for learners who are considering either BTEC or Apprenticeship routes. The purpose is for learners to find out if a career in health and social care is one that will work for them and to plan for the future.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements


    Assessment Method

    Internal and external assesments

    Aims of the course

    This Explorer Course is designed to encourage students to expand their knowledge and prepare them for further development and progression in the Health and Social Care sector.

    Progression Opportunities

    Learners who have taken this Explorer Programme could potentially complete the following qualifications and apprenticeships in the sector:- Apprenticeship- Adult care worker (completing the Level 2 Diploma in Care)- Healthcare support worker (completing the Level 2 Diploma in Care)- Healthcare science assistant (completing the Level 2 Diploma in Healthcare Science)- Optical assistant (no qualification mandated in the new standard)- Pharmacy assistant (completing the Level 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science and Level 2 NVQ Certificate)Qualifications full-time study:- Level 2 Technical Certificate in Adult Care- Level 2 Technical Diploma in Laboratory Science- BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Health and Social Care- BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Applied Sciences


    Virtual learning areas and classrooms.

    Career Options

    Quite apart from adult nursing and social work there are many different career paths you could follow as the sector includes both health and social care and children's services. For example you could work in a residence for people who need support with personal care. But instead of being a care and support worker you could be an activity coordinator helping people to join in with lots of different activities. You could also be a portage worker supporting the parents of pre-school children with special education needs to provide a stimulating environment in the home.Here are a few more suggestions that you could think about:- Domiciliary carer eg providing care in someone's own home- Nurse eg caring for children people with learning disability people with mental health issues or community nursing- Occupational therapy assistant eg going into people's homes to assess how to make daily living easier for them to manage such as by lowering the kitchen sink so that people can do their own washing-up instead of depending on others; or visiting the home of a child withphysical disabilities to assess where improvements could be made to their ability to move around the house independently- Family support worker eg supporting families who are struggling to cope

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Mode Part Time
Duration 6 weeks
Start Date 05/09/2022
End Date 14/10/2022
Course Code 3HCAW9A0


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 75 p/year
24+ Please Enquire
International £600 p/year

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Serifat Kareem

Serifat Kareem

"Coming to Lewisham College gave me time to truly think about what I wanted to do as an undergraduate student, it really helped my decision to study for a Master’s afterwards – particularly the 'Professional Development' module."

Saikou Sanyang

Saikou Sanyang

"We had a great bond as a class, and our course tutor was always willing to go the extra mile to support learners. I feel that I have really grown both personally and professionally."

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