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Why choose a career in this sector?

Sector opportunity 

The health and science sector is growing rapidly – in July 2021 there were 24,32 vacancies in the NHS alone. 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 science sector: 

  • Dental technician 
  • Healthcare science professional 
  • Optical assistant 
  • Midwife 
  • Nurse 
  • Pharmacy technician 
  • Hygiene specialist

Plus, there are currently 350 roles within these disciplines that allow learners to develop new skills and progress. Career progression doesn’t have to mean rising through the ranks in a single discipline; it can mean changing from one role to another, identifying and developing transferable skills.

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Where learning could take you

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 science T Level route for post-GCSE?  

See how your career could look with our inspiring career progression map.

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PregnancyVue brings foetal development to life in a virtual reality (VR) experience, from conception to gestation and birth. It gives learners the clearest picture of pregnancy for the mother and child. PregnancyVue supports those studying the Health T Level, and especially those taking the Supporting the Midwifery Team Occupational Specialism. 

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