• University of Leicester

Start Your Career as a Healthcare Professional: Online Work Related Learning

Gain a unique insight into working in healthcare and the NHS as you learn what it takes to become a healthcare professional.

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University of Leicester medical students

Start Your Career as a Healthcare Professional: Online Work Related Learning

2,508 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Discover NHS jobs and what it’s like to work in healthcare

The National Health Service (NHS) is constantly changing and evolving, and existing pressures within the NHS are making it much harder for students to complete work experience in a healthcare setting.

That’s why the University of Leicester, in partnership with Medicine Calling, has put together this online course to help you find out more about some of the careers in healthcare.

This four-week course has been specifically designed to help you discover the skills needed to work in various healthcare roles. It will help you learn more about the industry and make an informed decision about whether this career path is right for you.

Explore the different careers in healthcare

On the course, you’ll be introduced to the roles and responsibilities of different healthcare professionals. Whether you’re interested in becoming a doctor, nurse, midwife, or physiotherapist, you’ll explore the routes you can take to start your career in healthcare.

You’ll also hear from various professionals and discover the skills and attributes needed to help you thrive in a healthcare setting.

Gain valuable experience from the University of Leicester Medical School

Many healthcare courses or healthcare-related jobs require students to complete some relevant work experience before you apply. This online course gives you a valuable insight into working in the NHS, one that is completely unique to face-to-face work experience.

You’ll learn alongside experts from the University of Leicester Medical School, to help build your confidence and knowledge for working as a healthcare professional.


  • Week 1

    The NHS

    • Introduction to the NHS

      An overview of the National Health Service (NHS), how it is structured, and future challenges.

    • General practice

      An introduction to General Practice, who works there and what types of patients a GP might meet.

    • Summary

      A summary of what we have covered this week.

  • Week 2

    Meet the professionals

    • Accident and emergency

      Careers in an emergency department, also known as accident and emergency (A&E).

    • Operating theatre

      An overview of the different careers working in an operating theatre.

    • Stroke recovery

      Some of the careers in the multi-disciplinary team, who may support a patient’s recovery after having a stroke.

    • Summary

      A summary of what we have covered this week.

  • Week 3

    Meet the professionals continued

    • Mental health

      A look at some of the possible careers in mental health.

    • Labour ward

      The roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals in a labour ward.

    • Summary

      A summary of what we have covered this week.

  • Week 4

    Routes into healthcare

    • Routes into healthcare careers

      The different training pathways and routes into careers in healthcare.

    • Reflective summary and resources

      Reflect on the knowledge, skills and attributes that you have developed.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Summarise some of the challenges currently facing the NHS.
  • Discuss some of the roles in medicine and healthcare.
  • Identify important skills and qualities for a career in healthcare.
  • Explore some of the routes into a career in medicine and healthcare.
  • Describe the importance of reflection.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone wanting to start a career as a healthcare professional.

It is most suited for students in secondary school who are interested in healthcare.

Who will you learn with?

I work at Leicester Medical School and organise numerous outreach events across the UK to help students find out more about what a career in healthcare entails.

Who developed the course?

University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is a leading research led university with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching. It is consistently ranked amongst the top 20 universities in the United Kingdom.

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