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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.* If you genuinely want to support the development of others then this industry-focused programme will provide the knowledge and skills needed to progress to a career in social work. 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 dementia care, sociology, psychology and caring for children and young people. The two-year programme features a 100- hour work placement within your chosen area of social care including family support, school environments and elements of social work.


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.


Guest lectures from social workers, youth workers and probation officers provide an opportunity to gain first-hand insight into this industry. You will also benefit from work experience within social work environments and volunteering opportunities with local charities the Play Inclusion Project and Streetlife.

Next Steps

Progression can include studying degree-level courses in psychology, social work, youth offending, psychology or criminology. If you want to enter the industry directly opportunities exist in the area of youth work and family support. 

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
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