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Education, Health Care & Public Services
- Creativity, enthusiasm and good communication skills are just some of the requirements for candidates seeking employment in the education sector.
- Main employers for teachers include Local Educational Authorities (LEAs), universities and further education colleges.
- Social Care is a demanding sector but this is balanced by the personal satisfaction gained from developing and maintaining relationships with the people you are trying to help. You can make a real impact on improving people’s lives.
- Around 5.7million people work in the public sector across the UK, accounting for 19% of those in employment. Roughly 2.7million work in central government and 2.5million in local government. The sector’s biggest employers are the NHS.
- Employment opportunities in administration can be grouped into: general administration; specialist administration, such as: legal; education; agricultural; medical; and library; professional administration, such as: personal assistant; and company secretary.
|Early Years, Primary, Secondary Teacher||£21,600 – £31,500|
|Learning Mentor||£15,000 – £25,000|
|General Nursing||£21,400 – £27,900|
|Physiotherapist||£21,200 – £27,600|
|Speech and Language Therapist||£21,200 – £27,600|
|Occupational Therapist||£21,200 – £27,600|
|Sports Therapist||£17,000 – £35,000 (£25 p/h)|
|Counsellor||£19,000 – £26,000|
|Social Worker||£25,000 – £34,000|
|Paramedic||£21,200 – £27,600|
|Police Officer||£22,700 – £25,300|
|Firefighter||£21,100 – £28,200|
|Armed Forces Graduate Officer Cadet||£24,600|
Annual figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred and weekly figures to the nearest full pound. Source: www.prospects.ac.uk
- According to a Home Office report from March 31st 2013, there were 213,620 full-time equivalent police workers employed across the 43 police forces of England and Wales. Including Police Officers (60.7% of total), Police community support workers, traffic wardens, designated officers and other support staff.
- Integrity, the ability to work as part of a team, physical fitness and personal confidence are all qualities sought by employers in the armed and emergency services.
- Volunteering and work experience are part of the Public Services course that Blackpool Sixth Form provides, giving students an insight into their chosen career with the armed or emergency services.
- Despite budget cuts, the armed forces are still recruiting, with skills in medicine, logistics and engineering proving to be in high demand.
- The private sector is another avenue of employment, this is made up of companies who provide materials and support for the emergency services.There are over 300,000 people employed in the private sector, which is comprised of organisations like AMEC, BAE systems, Boeing and Rolls Royce.
- Blackpool Sixth Form offer work placements along-side courses of study for students looking to pursue careers in teaching, medical/social care, and business.
Luke Evans is a General Surgeon at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. He left the Sixth Form with A Levels in Chemistry, Maths and Biology in 1995 and progressed to Imperial College to study Medicine. He has also pursued a Master of Surgery in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery.
Hannah McCann works as an Aerospace Battle Manager with the Royal Air Force. She left Blackpool Sixth in 2011 having studied Maths, English Literature and English Language.
- Education Jobs, Teaching Resources, Magazine & Forum http://www.tes.co.uk
- Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) www.education.gov.uk
- British Medical Association (BMA) www.bma.org.uk
- NHS Careers www.nhscareers.nhs.uk
- Careers in Probation www.jobsinprobation.com
- General Social Care Council (GSCC) www.socialworkconnections.org.uk
- Community Service Volunteers http://www.csv.org.uk
- MOD Careers www.mod.uk
- Police Recruitment Service http://www.policecouldyou.co.uk/
- Fire Services www.fireservice.co.uk
Sources: www.gov.uk, Prospects.co.uk and www.jobs.nhs.uk
- Archaeology, Museum and Heritage
This pathway is for those interested in uncovering the past, helping to present it to the public and conserve it for the future. Job roles available after university study include archaeologist, museum curator, heritage manager, education officer, archivist. You will study four A level courses, including Modern History and/or Ancient History (Classical Civilisation). Other humanities subjects such as Geography and REP are also recommended as are English Language or English Literature. For more technical roles, science A levels may be required. For roles involving artistic heritage, see the Visual Arts pathways.
- Local and Central Government
This pathway covers a wide range of careers working for local or central government. Some examples include local government administrator, civil servant, diplomat, planning officer, legal officer, communications officer. Many different study options are possible for this pathway. Recommended choices include A Level Economics and humanities A levels such as History, Ancient History (Classical Civilisation), Geography, Law, REP. Other good choices are A level Sociology, modern languages, Maths, Statistics and Business Studies.
- Nursing or Paramedic
This pathway leads to careers as an adult nurse, speech and language therapist, dietitian, health services manager or paramedic. You will study BTEC Level 3 in Health and Social Care (double or triple) with one or other subjects. Sociology or BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science (single) are recommended. For a Paramedic career, AS/A Level Biology and Chemistry are usually required. We also offer a Nursing Cadetship Programme which is open to those studying BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care (triple option only). See here for details.
This pathway will be of interest to those aspiring to become a physiotherapist or sport therapist. A level courses including A Level Biology and Chemistry are often required. A Level PE is recommended for sports physiotherapy.
- Psychology / Occupational Therapy and Counselling
For careers as a clinical psychologist, counsellor or occupational therapist. You will study three A Levels including Psychology and Sociology. Biology and Chemistry are recommended for some psychology degrees e.g those focusing on neuroscience. Maths, Statistics, English Language or humanities subjects are also useful choices.
- Social Care
Advice worker, charity officer, counsellor, drug worker, probation officer and social worker, social researcher are all roles that this pathway leads to. You will study at least one A level course from Sociology, Psychology, Geography, Religion Ethics and Philosophy. A BTEC Level 3 in Health and Social Care (double or triple) are also relevant to many career areas in this sector.
Leads to careers in primary, secondary and post-16 education. You will study three A level courses including at least two National Curriculum subjects i.e. those taught to all children up to year 9. For primary teaching, A Level English Language and/or Maths is strongly recommended.
- Uniformed Services
This pathway can lead to careers in the police, fire and rescue service or the armed forces. You will study BTEC Level 3 in Public Services (Triple). These services also accept a wide range of other qualifications. Please contact Blackpool Sixth for more information or a Careers Advisor.