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Health & Social Care Vocational Courses

Learn the vital skills needed to work in this caring sector.

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Industry leading courses

The Health and Social Care sector is one of the largest sectors in the country and provides support to people in a range of settings including hospitals, care homes, schools and nurseries. Our Health and Social Care programmes teach the vital skills needed to work in this sector, such as teamwork, communication and research, to help you liaise with individuals, parents and guardians, and care providers.

Work experience is imperative for gaining employment in this industry and our expert lecturers will support you in your role, whether that’s in a special needs school or in a nursing home specialising in dementia care. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in work experience at the North Devon District Hospital, through our highly regarded Care Academy.

If you have a caring nature and want to make a positive difference to people's lives, there is a wide range of rewarding careers awaiting you. Alternatively, you may decide to further develop your skills, knowledge and experience on one of our degree-level programmes.

Our results are excellent, with almost every learner who applies for healthcare-related degrees being offered a place at university.​

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Health & Social Care, Level 3

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The average annual salary for a Social Worker



People working in adult social care in England

1.5 million

(Kings Fund)

More workers in the adult social care sector needed by 2035


(Skills for Care)

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.