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Alternative to a nursing degree

Health and Social Care is a massive industry, with new government investment and initiatives contributing to its growth and giving it a higher profile than ever. These developments mean there is likely to be a demand for well-trained, multi-skilled people.

If you want to work in a role that makes a difference in people’s lives you have probably considered a qualification in the healthcare industry. Depending on your preference, you may be thinking about working on the business side of healthcare or the clinical, nursing side.

Not sure which path to follow? Let’s consider:


Who is it for?


If you enjoy caring for people and are looking for a varied job, this could be an ideal career for you. You would be caring for people who are ill, injured and have physical disabilities.


You could be looking after a local hospital, GP surgery or community health service.

Your responsibilities would often include managing the cost, delivery and quality of local healthcare services.

If you want to develop leadership and financial management skills, and want to motivate others, this might be the career for you.

What hours will I work?


You would normally work 37.5 hours a week which can include evenings, weekends, night shifts and bank holidays.

You may be part of an on-call rota system to cover emergencies. Extra hours may be available.


You will be mainly based in an office and usually work around 37.5 hours a week.

How much will I earn?


According to National Career Service you will learn between £21,909 and £28,462. More experienced nurses, nurse team managers and clinical specialists can earn from £26,302 to just over £40,000 a year.


You would normally work for the NHS. According to National Careers Service, as a new manager in the NHS you would be earning between £36.302 and £42,373 (depending on the band), Senior managers will be on band 9, earning between £78,629 and £99,437.

How to enter the career?


To become a qualified nurse you will need to study for a degree in nursing and register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).


The first step would be to obtain a degree in health or management. You could then apply for the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (to get on to the scheme you will need a minimum of a 2:2 degree or equivalent qualification)

Alternatively, you could apply directly to the NHS for a junior management position.

You can now study a Healthcare Management degree via blended learning

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