Health and social Care Courses – Online or in Person

What is a health and social care course?

Let’s cut to the chase here. If you’re looking to do a single all-encompassing health and social care course to get you ready for the wide range of health and social care jobs out there, then…

You’re not in luck. Sorry.

But before you leave our website in search of such a course, be aware of one thing:

There is no such thing as a single all-encompassing health and social care course. You could argue that the BA Hons in Health and Social Care has the greatest claim to such a title, but even that might be pushing it a bit. Even health and social care graduates take courses in specific areas such as dementia awareness and equality and diversity from time to time.
So what is a health and social care course then?

A health and social care course is a course in a health and social care area. We’ve already mentioned dementia awareness and equality and diversity, but other courses cover Safeguarding (both Adults and Children and Young People), Medication Awareness and Advanced, Catheterisation Care, Physical Intervention, Blood Transfusions, Sharps and Needles and many more. There really is very little in the field of health and social care that you can’t do a course in – just ask.

Can you do health and social care courses online?

Yes. You can do almost any health and social care course you care to imagine with Authentic Training.

That includes all the courses we’ve already mentioned and quite literally hundreds of others, from specialist care courses like Diabetes Awareness and Sepsis Awareness to care skills training courses like Palliative and End of Life Care and Care Planning.

Our health and social care courses are CPD accredited and delivered by a Skills for Care endorsed provider. They meet accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

Why should I do a health and social care course online?

If you’re already working in the health and social care sector, then taking an online course – whether that’s in a specialist area like learning disabilities or in a clinical care area like blood transfusions – can increase your chances of promotion and enable you to look at jobs in areas and departments which you wouldn’t have been able to consider before.

If you’re wondering whether to take a course online or look for an in-person option, the great advantage we offer at Authentic Training is that both are available. But more of that later.

Since Covid, online courses have exploded in popularity, partly due to our familiarity with working from home.

At the risk of stating the obvious, the advantages of online courses are:

  • Speed – you can do the work at your own pace, no waiting for the slowest person in the group to catch up, or for term time to start again so you can get on with the next module.
  • Convenience – once you get started, you can do your course anywhere and at any time. Online courses are perfect for night owls who function best after dark, early risers who are at their desk by 6am after a 3k run, people who need to fit in their learning around a full time job, and mums and dads who need to fit their learning around the school run and making tea. In fact, they are perfect for just about anyone.
  • Cost – when you take a course online, you’re effectively splitting the cost of delivery with hundreds of others all over the world, keeping the price right down. There are also no overheads to pay for, and you don’t necessarily have to splash out on physical books – many of the best materials are available online or as e-books through the likes of Kindle.

What about the advantages to taking a health and social care course in person?

It’s a debate which looks set to run for all eternity.

Which is better? Remote working? In-person working? Hybrid?

Some are dead set on remote working, possibly because they’ve grown used to the convenience of having an office that’s 20 yards from their bedroom rather than 20 miles from their house.

Others couldn’t wait to get back into the office after the Covid lockdown ended, for a variety of reasons, from enjoying the office interaction to needing some time out of the house (we’re not judging).

Some say that hybrid is the way forward; it certainly seems like the most popular option at present.

The debate over working methods can equally be applied to course-taking.

Taking a health and social care course in person, alongside a group of other individuals or colleagues, can be easier, quicker and, whisper it, more fun than taking that same course online.

For companies training a large group of staff to meet a particular need, it can also be cheaper.