If you are starting to think about studying a health or social care course at university, you may want to start by looking at the different careers available on our careers page.

The UCAS website provides lots of useful information to help you in making university choices including;

  • what to consider when choosing a course

  • details of open days

  • how to apply

  • deadlines for applications

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Which health and social care course is right for you?

When thinking about which subject you would like to study, it’s important to find out as much as you can about the course and what’s required. A good way to build your understanding is by doing some work experience, as well as speaking to current students and professionals about the course and the role. We can support you with this and there are a range of opportunities and information available on our work experience, career profile, news and events and case study pages. We’re also offering a number of virtual work experience opportunities whilst we are unable to offer our full programme as a result of Covid-19.

The School of Health and Social work based at the University of Hertfordshire (UH) has created a virtual experience for each of their subjects providing information about the course and commonly asked questions. You can find a full list of the courses they offer here. 

You can also hear from students about their experiences and what their advice would be to you when choosing your subject. To speak to current UH health and social care students and to hear about their experiences using UniBuddy please click here.

Open days

Before making your choices and completing your application you will want to find out more about the university and the course they offer. Open days are held throughout the year and are a great opportunity for you to get a feel for campus life, speak to current students and the course tutors. Within Hertfordshire you will also find our Ambassadors who can talk to you about what it is like to work in health and care and what to expect whilst on placement.

Open days planned by the University of Hertfordshire have had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions but they have created a virtual open day, details can be found here. The virtual open day allows you to find out about student life, have a virtual tour of the campuses and find out what life at UH is really like. You will also be able to find the dates of the next physical open days once these are available on their website.

To find details of other local universities please click here.

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Practice Placement

Practice placements are organised within NHS Trusts and in other settings including the private and voluntary sectors. There is the opportunity to learn with and from people in the community and in hospitals where nursing is experienced. The placement experiences are wide and varied, emphasising the chosen field of practice. You can find out more about practice placements in Hertfordshire and west Essex by clicking here.


What is Clearing?

Clearing is a final opportunity to choose a place at university each year.

You can apply for a course using Clearing if you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college. You’ll be able to apply to a course if it is still open or has places available.

Who can apply through Clearing?

You can use Clearing if:

  • you’re applying after 30 June

  • you didn’t receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept)

  • you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers

  • you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in Track

When does Clearing close?

According to UCAS, Clearing closes in October. However, Clearing works on a first come first served basis, so it’s best to make your application sooner rather than later. If your course fills up before the deadline, it will close.

To find out more about Clearing you can visit the University of Hertfordshire Clearing page or to find details of other local universities click here.

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Case studies

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Fraser is a 2nd year student studying mental health nursing

Find out why Fraser chose mental health nursing and hear his experiences of clearing.

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Helen tells us why she decided to retrain as a midwife and why it is such a rewarding career

Helen was inspired to became a midwife after supporting a friend through the birth of their child.

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There are a wide range of apprenticeships available in health and care. Find out more about these exciting opportunities here.

Careers in Health & Care

You could help make a real difference to people’s lives by choosing a career in health or social care.

Staff Hub

The Staff Hub is the dedicated area of the Academy for our staff, with development, leadership and wellbeing resources available.


Interested in working for the NHS or social care? Find out about current vacancies and how to apply.