Health and Social Care

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s just how important the health and social care sector is to the whole of the UK. And it’s a sector that’s growing rapidly – the UK will need tens of thousands more dedicated professionals by 2022.

Do you want to look back on this year and know that you did more than just clap for carers? Enroling on a Health and Social Care course can take you one step closer to becoming a key worker yourself. There are few other careers where you can make such a huge difference to someone’s life.

By the time you complete your studies at The Manchester College - the No.1 College in Greater Manchester for achievement*, you’ll have gained the skills, knowledge and experience to apply for a job in the sector, or to progress to higher education. 

Whichever path you take, you’ll be choosing an incredibly rewarding career where you’ll make a difference to people in your community every single day. 

*NARTS 18/19

  • Whatever your starting point, we can help you to gain the knowledge, skills, experience and confidence you need to progress to a range of career paths or onto further study. 

    Through our Centre of Excellence for Health and Social Care we offer Health and Social Care courses for all abilities from Level 1 to Level 3. Or, if you’re interested in the science of psychology, you can study our Level 3 Applied Psychology qualification and combine it with our Level 3 Award in Health and Social Care. 

    You won’t just be learning your new trade in the classroom; you’ll also be applying your new skills through work experience opportunities and placements in real-life settings, such as hospitals, pharmacies and care homes. 

    If you receive the grades, you could even join our Industry Excellence Academy for Health and Social Care. You’ll study a qualification co-developed with industry partners, complete an industry placement of at least 15 days and you could even go on to study our brand new Health and Science T Level qualification starting in September 2021. 

  • At The Manchester College, we believe the best tutors are usually those who have real world experience of working in the field they’re teaching. So in most cases, you’ll be taught by someone who has worked in the industry as a nurse, social worker or in another relevant profession.  

    As well as being able to share their knowledge and experiences with you, they have crucial industry connections, which is a huge benefit when it comes to helping you to secure a work placement in your chosen field.

    Get to know some of our department:

    Alison Dady - Head of Department

    Alison previously managed the Childhood Studies and Counselling 

    Departments. She has a wealth of industry experience, including working as a professional nanny in the Royal Household! She’s also worked in numerous education settings, including primary schools, and used to run her own nursery school. Alison moved into further education teaching in 2006 and uses her own career experiences to enhance student life at the College. 

    Sally Cooper- Department Team Leader

    After 25 years in the health and social care sector, including for the NHS, and in palliative care, Sally made the decision to follow her passion into teaching. She’s an experienced tutor and worked in two Greater Manchester colleges before joining us. Sally now enjoys using all of her career experiences to make sure that students are taught the skills they’ll need out in the workplace and are given the support they need to reach their full potential. 

    Adam Sleeman - Department Team Leader

    Adam has been teaching at The Manchester College and UCEN 

    Manchester since 2013. A registered nurse, Adam has more than 20 years’ experience in the health and social care sector. Most of his career has been spent with the NHS, where he’s held a variety of roles, including principal commissioning officer, registered manager and staff nurse. 

    He particularly enjoys teaching modules relating to public health, care planning, safeguarding, leadership, and the care of patients with long-term conditions. 

    Cath Moore- Tutor

    Cath joined The Manchester College four and a half years ago after more than 30 years in nursing. She was previously the sister in charge at the Manchester Chest Clinic. She also spent ten years in the private sector as an occupational health nurse, specialising in heavy engineering. At one point, Cath was responsible for delivering health and safety information, training and first aid to staff at British Aerospace. 

    Cath’s favourite subjects are anatomy and physiology, and she also enjoys teaching students about health and safety, and public health. 

    Caroline Edwards - Tutor

    Caroline is an experienced tutor with a wealth of knowledge about health and social care, thanks to previous roles within the sector. She now enjoys sharing this knowledge with her students. 

  • Our Health and Social Care courses are offered across Manchester at our Harpurhey, Nicholls, Northenden and Openshaw campuses.

    Each campus has great transport links, is well equipped classrooms and has plenty of opportunities for socialising. Many of the campuses also offer extra facilities, such as cafés, beauty salons and theatres. 

  • Find out even more about our Health and Social Care department in our subject area guide:


  • Whether you're having second thoughts about where you're currently studying or you've not yet decided what to do next, there are still places available at the No.1 College in Greater Manchester.

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The College has guided me towards the steps I need to take in order to reach my goals. My tutors have helped me to find a work placement within the industry, which has been really useful as I have been able to experience what the working world is like. I would love to work within mental health as this is such a big issue for young people and adults these days. I am going to go to university to study this further then progress into employment.

Josh Peak • Level 3 Health and Social Care

When I started this course, I didn’t know what career I wanted to pursue. This course has really opened up some doors for me and I achieved two Distinction* grades last year. We get to meet lots of guest speakers and take part in work experience.

Huda Mukhtar • Level 3 Health and Social Care

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