As described by, “A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or addiction cannot cope without their support.”

Considering nearly everyone will at some point in their life depend on a health and social care professional, very few are aware of the incredible work that they do.

Healthcare is one of the biggest and rapidly growing industries in the world. Developments in digital technology is already opening new doors and offering you the opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives while giving your bank account a healthy boost.

If you’re passionate about providing care to those in need, Arden University has flexible learning opportunity for you.

What qualifications do you need to get into social care?

Our internationally recognised qualifications fit flexibly around your life, so you don't need to give up work to study.

Our Health and Social Care degrees have a series of modules planned to advance you as a professional manager in this sector.

BA (Hons) Healthcare Management degree covers three core themes, Professional Environment & Practice, Operations & Quality Management and Leadership & Management, to give you the tools that could lead to a career as a professional practitioner, manager or leader in Health and Social Care.

Students enrolled on BA (Hons) Social Science degree explore a variety of topics across the Social Sciences. This interesting Social Science degree collates Sociology, Criminology, Psychology and Law. It involves learning about policymaking, ethics, politics, legal concepts and social policies while acquiring new skills.

What exactly can a degree in Health & Social Care do for you?

Health and Social Care is a vast service sector with new government initiatives giving it a higher profile than ever. These expansions mean there is likely to be a demand for well-trained, multi-skilled people.

More than 60% of health studies graduates are in full-time employment six months after graduating, with a further 25% undertaking research or combining work and study, as reported by Prospects.

Read: 6 reasons to work in healthcare

Enhancing your knowledge of health and social care, a health degree can also equip you with a range of professional skills that will support your future career development.

Achieving a degree proves your ability to learn and solve problems in multiple areas.

With a Health Care degree, you could work in the National Health Service, private healthcare and voluntary or not-for-profit organisations.

Edith was a support worker in an advanced dementia home when she decided to study a Health & Social Care degree. She feels the degree has made an enormous impact on her life and career and we are proud of her achievements so far.

“I have loved every minute of it. I have thoroughly enjoyed the way I have been challenged by the tutors, the ever helpful back offices, and the interaction with fellow students on the blog. Arden was extremely helpful in guiding me with the student loan.

So here I am now, earning 10,000 pounds a year more than I was three months ago. I am now a Regional Trainer. I will proudly graduate in 2016 when I am 61.”

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

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