How to become a Carer: Bethany's story

Meet Bethany, 21, from Buckinghamshire, to find out more about life as a carer. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

From a young age I knew I wanted to be a carer – making people happy makes me happy.

  • At school, Bethany found she was more of a practical learner than an academic learner
  • She chose to study Health and Social Care because it was a hands-on course and she wanted to learn about care work
  • She achieved three distinctions - the highest grade you can get for this course
  • When Bethany was 15, she got a job as a cleaner in a nursing home. Her supervisor saw potential in her and took her on as an apprentice
  • Today, Bethany works to support adults in their own homes and loves the variety of her job.

Bethany's career path

What to expect if you want to be a social care worker

  • Social care worker salary: £15,000 to £22,000 per year
  • Social care worker working hours: Average 40 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a social care worker?

  • Typical entry requirements: To become a carer, you’ll need experience in care work and a Level 3 college qualification in Health and Social Care. If you want to care for vulnerable adults, you'll also need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Some carers come into the job after training to be or working as a nurse. It might be helpful to have a driving licence because you will likely travel between people's homes and different sites.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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