3 Where next?

We hope you enjoyed Introducing practical healthcare, and we hope the course has inspired you to continue your learning journey. Below are some key links to where you might like to go next.

Progressing your career

If you are looking to join the NHS or progress in your career as a healthcare assistant, the NHS careers website [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] might also be very helpful to you , as will their healthcare assistant page.

This course has taken you through a lot of the information you would cover as part of your Care Certificate assessment in healthcare. If you are interested to know more about the Care Certificate which covers the skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high-quality care and support, the following website will provide further information: Skills for Care 'Care Certificate'.


You may like to consider volunteering to extend and enhance your skills and knowledge. These websites may help you to think about your options:

More free, informal courses

Introducing practical healthcare is one of a suite of six courses. You may like to study one of the other five.

The Open University also provides further online introductory courses and skills for study courses, all of which are free and online.

FutureLearn also has a wide range of online courses that you may like to consider.

The Open University

You may like to consider one of The Open University’s Access courses to prepare you for successful study towards a nationally recognised higher education qualification.

The OU offers a range of qualifications that you might want to consider.

Nursing and healthcare qualifications

If you would like to take a more in-depth look at healthcare functions, then you can find out more at The Open University’s Nursing and Healthcare Practice website.

The PEARL website

Part-time Education for Adults Returning to Learn (PEARL) is a useful website for adults looking for part-time study opportunities, including all types of provision from free, non-accredited courses through to higher-level learning.


Health Education England are working with various national, regional and local partners to invest in the healthcare support workforce and to spread good practice and innovation. Talent for Care focuses on ten strategic intentions under the three primary themes of Get In, Get On and Go Further. Follow this link to find out more: Talent for Care.

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