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Why choose a career in this sector?

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Sector opportunity 

The health and healthcare science sectors are growing rapidly. New opportunities will continue to emerge, and there are rewarding roles to suit all skills and abilities. You’ll make a positive difference every day to those who need your help the most. 

You can work in a variety of fast-paced environments, from prisons to schools, the Armed Forces to the NHS or private sector companies.    

These are just a few of the roles you could progress to in the health and healthcare science sectors:  

  • Dental technician 
  • Healthcare science assistant and associate
  • Senior healthcare support worker
  • Occupational therapist
  • Optical assisstant 
  • Healthcare science practitioner
  • Midwife 
  • Nurse.

Within the NHS there are currently 350 roles within the health and healthcare science sectors.

With the large amount of roles available, there has never been a better time to develop new skills and progress into a career within these sectors.  

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Our qualifications cover entry to advanced level. They support everyone from beginners to experienced practitioners, meeting the sector’s diverse needs.

Many courses support continuing professional development (CPD), with qualifications having technical status that support progression into employment and higher education.

If you’re aged 16–18, have you considered the health and healthcare science T Level route for post-GCSE?