Working in Social Care is about providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives. There are lots of different roles in social care depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with and where you’d like to work.

Our courses will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to follow a successful career in this sector.

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Top career opportunities

Social services managers and directors

Average salary: £38,709
Experienced salary: £77,251

Houseparents and residential wardens

Average salary: £24,565
Experienced salary: £34,299

Senior care workers

Average salary: £19,718
Experienced salary: £27,227

Top jobs in sector

  • Social services managers and directors
    What does this career do?

    Social services managers and directors plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the resources necessary to protect the welfare of certain groups within local authorities including children and young people, families under stress, people with disabilities, elderly people and people needing help as a result of illness.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £38,709 per year. That is about £3,225 per month, or £19 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £21,070 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £77,251 per year.

  • Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors
    What does this career do?

    Managers and proprietors in this group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the resources necessary in the provision and running of residential and day care establishments and domiciliary care services for persons who require specialised care and/or supervision.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 4 NVQ; Intermediate, DipHE, DipFE

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £31,616 per year. That is about £2,634 per month, or £15 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £20,613 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £52,437 per year.

  • Welfare professionals
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group perform a variety of welfare-related professional occupations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 244: Welfare Professionals.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £25,917 per year. That is about £2,159 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,600 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £38,147 per year.

  • Youth and community workers
    What does this career do?

    Youth and community workers provide support to individuals or groups of individuals through a range of activities or services that aim to encourage participation in social and community life and promote personal and social development

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £25,480 per year. That is about £2,123 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £18,637 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £35,131 per year.

  • Welfare and housing associate professionals
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group provide pastoral care relating to religious denominations, and a variety of welfare-related services including advice on benefits, health, disability and residential care not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 323: Welfare and Housing Associate Professionals.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £25,688 per year. That is about £2,140 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £18,699 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £35,027 per year.

  • National government administrative occupations
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group undertake a variety of administrative and clerical duties in national government departments, and in local offices of national government departments.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £23,046 per year. That is about £1,920 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,074 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £35,485 per year.

  • Houseparents and residential wardens
    What does this career do?

    Houseparents and residential wardens are responsible for the care and supervision of children, young offenders and the elderly within residential homes and nurseries, schools or institutions for young offenders.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £24,565 per year. That is about £2,047 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,552 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,299 per year.

  • Care workers and home carers
    What does this career do?

    Care workers and home carers attend to the personal needs and comforts of the elderly and the infirm with care and support needs (‘service users’) within residential care establishments, day care establishments or in their own homes.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £18,678 per year. That is about £1,556 per month, or £9 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £16,099 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £26,853 per year.

  • Senior care workers
    What does this career do?

    Senior care workers routinely oversee and monitor care workers, care assistants and home carers. They also attend to the personal needs and comforts of the elderly and the infirm with care and support needs (‘service users’) within residential care establishments, day care establishments or in their own homes.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £19,718 per year. That is about £1,643 per month, or £9 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,014 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £27,227 per year.

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