Maths and English for a successful future

Is it for me?

Working in health and social care is one of the most important jobs in the world so you need to have a real passion for helping people. You should also have great communication skills so you can build relationships with people and earn their trust.

Our facilities

You will study this subject as a full time course or T Level at Bede Campus or as an apprenticeship. You'll have a chess to state-of-the-art Health Hub to develop real health professional skills, nursing and patient care mannequins, real care infant simulators, lung and digestive system demonstration models, industry standard medical equipment and a mock ambulance interior.

Career ready

We work with the following employers to help you get career ready and gain real work skills:  Sunderland Royal Hospital, Care Academy, Ashford Orthodontics, Age UK South Tyneside, Washington Mind, St Benedict's Hospice, University of Sunderland, Sunderland Care and Support.

Guaranteed interview with partner organisations

We work in close partnership with many of the North East's leading health and social care employers to ensure our students get the best opportunities to progress in their future career path. Some of our employer partners offer students who complete and achieve their programme of study a guaranteed interview with their organisation.

Employers include Sunderland Care and Support, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, and Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

Our employer partners


of our health and social care students progressed to employment or further study.*

*Destination data, academic year 2016/17 (FT FE 16-18 students)

Industry standard facilities

Brand new Health Hub and stimulation area for role plays.

Have you seen our excellent facilities?

We have some of the best facilities for health and social care students including:

  • A state-of-the-art health simulation ward to develop real health professional skills. 

  • Ageing suits to simulate the function of an older person e.g. joint stiffness, reduced co-ordination etc. 

  • Nursing patient care mannequins, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, various demonstration models e.g. lung digestive system, and pregnancy. 


What are the career prospects like? There will be 47,014 jobs in Health & Social Care in the region in 2027 (NE)

Careers could include: Social Worker, Nurse, Care Worker, Paramedic, Psychologist or Occupational Therapist.

There are 1,611 Midwives employed in out local region and they earn £38,480 a year.


Nurses provide general and/or specialised nursing care for the sick, injured and others in need of such care, assist medical doctors with their tasks and work with other healthcare professionals and within teams of healthcare workers. They advise on and teach nursing practice.

Medium Salary

£ 30943

31809 people employed as Nurses in the current year.


Paramedics provide first aid and life support treatment in emergency situations and transport sick and injured people who require skilled treatment.

Medium Salary

£ 34214

1060 people employed as Paramedics in the current year.

Social Workers

Social workers provide information, advice and support to those who are socially excluded or are experiencing crisis; they protect the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people, people with disabilities, elderly people and people who are mentally or physically ill, and they may specialise in specific areas of work.

Medium Salary

£ 34756

2932 people employed as Social Workers in the current year.

Study Health and Social Care as an Apprenticeship

Why maths skills are important in the health & care sector

You will use maths skills every day in the health and care sector to:

  • read information from medical equipment
  • administer medicines and treatments
  • record health results
  • interpret information
  • identify trends and patterns in vital signs
  • manage budgets.

A lack of maths skills could have serious consequences in the health care industry and result in compromised care, claims and damage to reputation.

Why English skills are important in the health & care sector

You will use English skills every day in the health and care sector to:

  • communicate effectively
  • reassure patients
  • explain tests and treatments
  • get to know patients and how they are feeling
  • communicate with family and members of the public
  • share patient information.

A lack of English skills could have serious consequences in the health care industry and result in compromised care, claims and damage to reputation.

Expert & friendly support

What employers think:

“English and maths are extremely important in the healthcare sector, as one letter difference or an incorrect number can be a major issue.”
Practice Manager, Bridge View Medical Group

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