A health studies degree covers a broad range of healthcare issues and can give access to fast-track graduate conversion courses for the main health professions...
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Many medical jobs require further professional study. A period of related work experience will help with applications for courses. There are many ways to gain practical experience in health-related jobs, either through formal placements or volunteering.
Healthcare experience might involve working for the National Health Service, in residential homes or centres for homeless people. Experience of mentoring, counselling or befriending may also be useful for those interested in a career in social work. If you have an interest in alternative approaches to health and healing, you might explore work experience within a holistic health practice. Volunteering on a health project in a developing country is also valuable career preparation.
When it comes to work experience, quality counts - what matters is that you can demonstrate what you have learnt through experience.
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Many health studies graduates work in the public sector for:
Others work in the voluntary sector and for medical charities and not-for-profit organisations.
Opportunities in the private sector can be found, for example, in private healthcare organisations working as a lifestyle consultant, and working in the field of alternative medicine and therapies. Many of these options involve being self-employed.
A degree in health studies looks at health in its broad context and investigates contemporary health issues.
It gives you an in-depth understanding of health and healthcare and you learn to:
The degree also gives you general skills including:
As a health studies degree explores health in its broad context, it may be necessary to undertake further professional study in order to take up a relevant health, medical or social work career.
For example, getting a specific degree or higher qualification is essential for many medical jobs, such as nursing, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. It may be necessary to complete a full vocational course from the beginning or there may be a shortened postgraduate option for health studies graduates.
Just under two thirds of health studies graduates are employed six months after graduating. The majority of these (more than a third) are working as health professionals and associates. This includes roles such as occupational therapist, nurse, nursing auxiliaries and physiotherapy assistants.
A further 10% are in social and welfare professions, including roles as counsellors, care assistants and social workers.
Almost a fifth of health studies graduates are in further study, with 12% studying full time and almost 7% studying while working.
|Working and studying||6.9%|
|Social and welfare||10.2%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||10.1%|
|Associate professional and technical||6.1%|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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