Health and Social Care


Barnet and Southgate College has established an excellent reputation for its health, education and social care courses. This area of work is a rewarding career offering a wide variety of working environments.

There is a huge variety of work within the HESC (Health, Education and Social Care) sector, from nursing to childcare, social work to pharmacy. With ninety-five billion pounds spent each year on NHS England alone, good managers are as vital as good clinicians. The sector is increasingly in the spotlight, there is growing recognition of the central role it plays.

Health and social care employs around four million people across the UK – two thirds in health and the other third in social care. In London, there is one health worker for every thirty-four residents and one health establishment for every 1,000 people. Education employs around 2.7 million people. There is also a strong local labour market with 20,000 people employed in the sector in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.

Health and social care workers are much in demand, as an example, in one month there were 248 jobs listed at Jobcentre Plus in health and social work in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey and 83 in education. In London as a whole, there were 2,334 vacancies for health and social care and a further 1,380 for education roles. There are many types of jobs within these vacancies. For example, 45 vacancies for education assistants, 10 for ambulance staff and 360 for care assistants and home carers. Enfield was looking for 11 social workers and two social work managers.