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Programme overview

Human health and social work activities is the second biggest industry in Lancashire, with the average health professional earning just over £30,000.* This industry-focused programme covers topics such as Anatomy and Physiology, Physiology of Fluid Balance, Communication, Counselling, and Equality and Diversity, to provide the knowledge and skills needed to progress to a nursing career. A 1-2 day weekly industry placement will support your professional development.

*Association of Colleges RCU data (based on employees educated to at least level 4)

Entry Requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C including Maths and Science. Applicants with a grade 3 in English will be accepted, but must study a GCSE in English alongside this programme.

Course Facts

A broad range of topics include mental health, anatomy and physiology, infection, prevention and control and caring for people with additional needs. The two-year programme features a 100- hour work placement within your chosen area of either health studies or social care. As part of this programme, you may also choose to take part in the NHS Cadetship or North West Ambulance Service Cadetship Scheme.


Assessment is by a combination of written assignments and controlled assessments. You will also need to complete an independent research project as well as three written exams.


Our students have attended Edge Hill’s Clinical Skills event, which provided a fascinating practical insight into their studies along with an opportunity to discuss next steps with the head of midwifery.

Next Steps

Successful students either continue their studies at university or take up employment within the sector. Degrees in nursing, midwifery, counselling, working with young people, and psychology are natural progression routes from this programme. Many students go on to start exciting careers in nutrition, paramedic practice and social work.

How to Apply

Ready to make your career dreams a reality at the Fylde’s specialist sixth form college this September?

Sign up to enrol now at Lytham Sixth Form College between 9am and 4.30pm to secure your place or call 01253 504672.

The easiest way to apply for your place is to apply online or print a downloadable version. Alternatively you can get hold of a form by:

  • Telephoning the Contact Centre on 01253 504343
  • Emailing a request (including your name, address and date of birth) to
  • Collecting a form from Reception at the Lytham Sixth Form College (address below)

Once you’ve completed the form (you may wish to keep a copy) send the original form as soon as possible to:

Lytham Sixth Form College
Church Road
Lytham St. Annes

Apply Online

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Church Road
Lytham St Annes
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