Making a Career Out of Community Service

Serving the society is a dream that many of the students and the aspiring graduates cherish. The legend of Florence Nightingale or “the lady with the lamp” has been a great inspiration for many. Her popularity because of the services she rendered as a nurse to the wounded during the Crimean War. It was her initiative and hard work that led to the establishment of the first secular nursing school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London which is now a part of King’s College London.

Nursing and health care in general are some of the aspects that many of the students are interested in. But many fear that they might not be as useful to the society as a practicing doctor would be. This is a misconception that the universities and colleges are fast removing by introducing health and social care course that enable the students to tend to the ailing patients.


Those who have a degree in health and social care can hope to get one of the following jobs –

  • Charity officer
  • Nutritional therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Lifestyle consultant
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Health service manager

This is just a truncated list of job opportunities open to the graduates in this stream. There are a host of other jobs that one might apply after completing the said degree.

These courses are available both in the on-campus as well as the online mode. There are a number of health worker who do not have the honors degree in the subject and as a result are unable to improve their career profile. These online courses are a boon for them. Being online they can be pursued from anywhere and at anytime. The requirements for the course differ for different institutions. However, some general requirements are given below –

  • 3 GCSEs at grade C or above and 2 must be in Mathematics and English
  • One year full-time or part-time employment in the health care sector
  • An IELTS score of 6.0
  • Furnish evidence of related experience in the field to meet the demands of the study program

The requirements are the same or equivalent for the international student who might wish to pursue this career path. Institutes often arrange the funding for students who want them.

The course duration is 3 years. However, the students might extend it up to 6 years depending on their suitability and affordability. However, the duration and the terms will change according to the rules and regulations of the institution that one is studying from.