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Seven reasons to study Health Studies

For those considering a degree in Health Studies but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are seven compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Improve lives

Through a Health Studies degree, you’ll learn how to respond to complex problems and work towards changing people’s lives for the better. Follow it up with a career related to the area, and you could be making a real difference to some of society’s most vulnerable people.

2. Rewarding work

You’ll be helping many people, so work in this area can be highly satisfying. Those who work within the health and social care sectors report high levels of job satisfaction. This is because they often feel a sense of achievement after helping someone to have a better quality of life.

3. Many career opportunities

As it’s a subject area that focuses on people and their wellbeing, a Health Studies qualification opens up a lot of career pathways. Graduates go into roles such as nurses, social workers, care workers, therapists, youth workers, doctors, paramedics, managers and nursery workers.

4. Plenty of module options

There are many different issues facing the world of health and social care. This is reflected in the wide range of module options usually available on a Health Studies course – you have the flexibility to spend more time studying the topics that interest you most. There’s a fair bit of crossover with other disciplines such as criminology, sociology and religion, giving you a broad education.

5. Gain transferable skills

The skills you develop during a Health Studies degree span far and wide. Many of these are applicable to a vast range of professions. Skills include communication, independent and teamwork, time management, problem-solving, writing, and data analysis – all of which are prized by numerous employers across different sectors.

6. Professional experiences

Health Studies courses usually involve lots of practical experiences for work-based learning. Many students take part in industry placements and volunteering opportunities with local organisations. Courses are designed with careers in mind – and taught by experts in the field – so you know that you’ll graduate with a work-relevant degree.

7. Long-term job security

It’s highly likely that there will always be a demand for those with skills that come from a degree in Health Studies. The population is living longer, and more and more people are needing dedicated care support. Currently, the NHS Jobs website advertises around 25,000 vacancies each month. The job opportunities for those in health and social care looks like it’s only set to increase.

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