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Health and Social Care Programme

Do you want to work with helping people feel good? If you want to work in health care, psychiatry, or elderly care, or with persons with disabilities, this is the programme for you.

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What you will learn in the Health and Social Care Programme

You will learn about health, ill health, disability, medicine, pedagogy and psychology. You learn about people’s varied needs and gain understanding of the importance of lifestyle to health. You will learn to treat people in a professional manner.

The programme places significant emphasis on occupational health and safety issues, with the aim of preventing injuries at work and promoting good health.

You will carry out work responsibilities required in this professional field, such as assisting people with their personal care, medical technology, household chores, and administrative and social tasks.

The programme is based on assignments that you will complete either in groups or on your own. You will hone your ability to take the initiative and be creative and learn more about the possibilities of running your own business. You practice planning, implementing and documenting your work.

I think the programme suits people who like to interact with and meet new people on a daily basis. It’s also good if you’re a bit interested in how you can help people.

Jeerapan / Health and Social Care Programme

Intended learning outcomes

The intended learning outcomes define what a learner will have acquired and will be able to do upon successfully completing their studies in a particular upper secondary school programme.

The intended learning outcomes for the Health and Social Care Programme (

Programme structure

In the programme structure, you can see which subjects and courses are included in the educational programme. You can also see how many credits are earned for each course.

Programme structure for the Health and Social Care Programme (pdf) External link, opens in new window.

Opportunity to specialise

This programme has no specialisations, but gives you the opportunity to specialise. The education provides the opportunity to work in the fields of disability, health care, psychiatry, and elderly care, as well as with persons with disabilities.

Diploma project

At the end of the Health and Social Care Programme, you must complete a diploma project in your chosen professional field in which you show evidence that you have the ability to perform the most common tasks necessary to start working in the area in which you have received your education.

Learning in a Work Environment

Parts of the educational programme are conducted at one or more workplaces and lasts for a period of at least 15 weeks. These elements are called Learning in a Work Environment (“APL”). This is an important element of your education. APL gives you experience and contacts that may be beneficial when you are looking for a job.

Through your APL in the Health and Social Care Programme, you will learn how to apply what you have read about in school. You get to use what you have learned in working life and meet new people.

I think the practical work we do is the most fun. Stuff like learning how to dress a wound or measure someone’s blood pressure or blood sugar. Things like that.

Jeerapan / Health and Social Care Programme


If your school offers upper secondary school apprenticeships within the framework of the programme, you can choose to take advantage of this opportunity. This means that you gain the same knowledge but carry out at least half of your studies in one or more workplaces.

Click here to learn more about apprenticeships as part of an upper secondary school education

Entering the workforce after graduation and examples of career paths

You can start working immediately after completing the programme. The programme can lead to a job in health care or in social services. In health care, you can work in a somatic and psychiatric ward, at a health centre, or with home care, to give a few examples. In social services, you can work in special housing or group housing, with daily activities, social psychiatry, or home care, or as a personal assistant, to give a few examples.

Next to each profession is a link to facts about the responsibilities of the position and average wages/salary.

Assistant nurse

Personal assistant

Further information about the responsibilities of these professions and forecasts regarding the future prospects of each profession can be found in the “Hitta yrken A–Ö” service (“Find a profession, A–Z”).

Search various professions in the “Hitta yrken A–Ö” (“Find a profession, A–Z”) service

Eligibility for studies after completing the programme

Do you want to continue your studies at a university or other higher education institution after completing the programme? This programme provides you with the general entry requirements for studying at an institution of higher education. After completing the programme, you also have the opportunity to continue your education at a polytechnic or independent adult education college (folkhögskola).

Check what university entry requirements you will fulfil upon completing the programme

Further information about upper secondary school

Further information about how upper secondary school works

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