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Caring careers with Bedford College

We’re coming to the end of Carers Week 2017 (12-18 June) – an annual event raising awareness of caring and the work of carers across the country ­– but your future career in Care could just be getting started!

If you enjoy working with and supporting people, then a career in this sector is likely to be right up your street! It will be challenging but if you have good listening skills, observational skills and the ability to relate to people without being judgmental you could enjoy a variety of roles.

Our Care & Childcare staff have previously enjoyed careers as nurses, health visitors, social workers, nursery nurses, care assistants, foster carers and child minders. With their incredible knowledge of the care sector, you’ll be able to draw on their huge range of real vocational experience.

You could go into healthcare or youth justice services. You could help children develop social and practical skills, make sure people get the medicines they need – the possibilities are endless.

Care students at Bedford College

Ben Salmons from the NHS campaign ‘Let’s Be Open About Mental Health to Break The Stigma’ came to visit our Health & Social Care Level 3 students as part of their psychology unit. The campaign was created to help start conversations about mental health, raise awareness and to show how the stigma surrounding mental health impacts on those experiencing mental health difficulties. Students were able to write their own support messages as part of the campaign.

During induction week all Care & Childcare students went to the Forest School in Bromham, which takes an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland environment. Our students took part in various activities such as; rope walk, den building, clay faces and a mini-beast hunt with lots of opportunities for team building and developing their creative and imaginary skills for future careers in childcare.

You can study full-time study programmes in Childcare and Health & Social Care, apprenticeships and a range of Foundation Degrees. Many of our courses will allow you to progress on to higher level full-time study or combine further part-time study with employment in the care sector, giving you the chance to structure your learning to suit your individual needs.

45% of our Care & Childcare students go straight into employment or an apprenticeship, while 43% go on to study at degree-level here at Bedford College or at colleges and universities such as The University of York, University of East Anglia and University of Essex to study subjects including Occupational Therapy, Diagnostic Radiography, Mental Health Nursing and Psychology with Counselling.

Find out more about our Care & Childcare courses