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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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Work experience

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.

Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers

Many health studies graduates work in the public sector for:

  • the NHS;
  • local authorities, including education departments and social services;
  • schools and colleges. 

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.

Find information on employers in health and social care, charity and voluntary work, and other job sectors.

Skills for your CV

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:

  • research, analyse and evaluate health and health-related issues from a multidisciplinary standpoint;
  • use health information and data effectively;
  • understand and formulate health-related arguments and contest theories.

The degree also gives you general skills including:

  • written and oral communication skills;
  • the ability to work both independently and in a team;
  • effective problem-solving and time management skills;
  • research and data analysis skills;
  • skills in information technology.

Further study

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.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see postgraduate study in the UK and search courses and research.

What do health studies graduates do?

Around 61% of health studies graduates are in employment while a quarter are carrying out further study, either full time or part time while working.

One of the most popular careers for health studies graduates is nursing, while others work in roles such as biochemists and medical scientists, laboratory technicians and paramedics.  

Graduate destinations for health studies
Destinations Percentage
Employed 61.3%
Further study 18.3%
Working and studying 6.9%
Unemployed 8.5%
Other 5%
Types of work entered in the UK
  Percentage
Health professionals 30.1%
Science 10.9%
Technicians and other professionals 10.5%
Caring and education work 10.3%
Other 38.2%
 

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.

 
 
 
AGCAS
Written by AGCAS editors
Date: 
May 2013

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