Emily0026
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i am starting to apply for university and wanting to go on to becoming a health care assistant in a job afterwards, is it health and social care I need to study at university to be able to do this?
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You don't need any specific requirements, qualifications or a degree to become a Healthcare Assistant, especially within the NHS. If this is your chosen career path I'd save the nine grand a year on a degree and get a BTEC or NVQ healthcare qualification and start getting work experience, that's what you'll need to have a chance of employment.

But if you want to do a degree, it doesn't have to be in health and social care, it can be in pretty much anything you want, and you'll still be able to become a HCA.
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If you're interested in that aspect of healthcare then as the above poster has said, it'd be wiser to gain on the job qualifications rather than paying university fees for a role that does not require a degree.

It might be a better idea to get employment as an HCA and gaining some insight into healthcare, it'll help you decide on a career that you do need uni for (nursing or other AHP roles) and will serve as useful work experience in a future application.
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