School

Health and Social Care

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Training for life

Organised health and social care is one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century, made possible by the vision and dedication of the professionals who staff it.

We prepare you to join that inspirational workforce as a caring, compassionate and competent professional who shares our commitment to improving lives. We offer courses across undergraduateMasters and research degree level, as well as Continuing Professional Development for those enhancing their skills. 

We are at the forefront of preparing people to solve real-life issues in health and society, offering courses that both commissioners and employers believe in. People are at the heart of all we do. We work in partnership with people from all walks of life, who offer us their expertise and experience, making us a team of people who truly understand what is needed from health and social care professionals – now and in the future.

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Why choose us?

Our courses blend theory and practice
You'll have specialist facilities at your fingertips
We're a learning community where from day one, you'll share your ideas and learn from your peers, service users and our staff
We have an excellent track record for employability
Challenging health inequalities and putting people first is central to everything we do
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Three students in nurses uniforms standing next to a bed in a mock ward, listening to someone out of shot to the right of the photo.
A student in a headscarf sitting in a seminar with a notebook in front of her, gesturing slightly with a pen in her right hand. A blurred second student is in the foreground to the right side of the photo.
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Our courses and the way we deliver them are set up to challenge the ordinary, break the boundaries of convention and create inquisitive practitioners that go on to make a positive difference in the lives of service users through practice, education and research.
Professor Victoria Joffe Dean of the School of Health and Social Care
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Our research

We specialise in applied, multi-disciplinary research that addresses local, national and international issues relating to health and social care policy and practice, and other related fields.

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Contact our School of Health and Social Care
Colchester Campus Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
All enquiries:
Telephone: 01206 872854
Southend Campus Elmer Approach, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1LW
All enquiries:
Telephone: 01702 328359