Nursing and Health Pre-Cadet Programme

This is a unique two year course for those aged 14 years old and who are hoping to move on to a career in nursing or another health related profession.

If you are now in Year 9 now, instead of staying at school for Years 10 and 11, you can study the Nursing and Health Pre-Cadet Programme at the Hugh Baird 14 -16 College.

The Nursing and Health Pre-Cadet Programme is supported by the NHS and you will benefit from guest speakers and visits to hospitals across the region. You will also have the opportunity to undertake short health care sector specific placements.

You will also study GCSEs in Maths, English Language, Science (Dual Award), Computer Science and Citizenship.

On completion of Nursing and Health Pre-Cadet Programme, you will have the opportunity to transition on to the full Nursing and Health Cadet Programme or on to a related course at Level 3.

For those wishing to move on to another career path, many of the skills developed on this course are transferrable and are applicable and welcomed in other subject areas and industries.

The Nursing and Health Cadet Programme is subjected to limited places and involves a selection process run by Hugh Baird College and Aintree University Hospital.

What topics/modules are covered?

You will study these core modules:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Health and Social Care Values
  • Effective Communication in Health and Social
  • Healthy Living
  • Social Influences on Health
  • Promoting Health
  • The Impact of Nutrition on Health
  • Equality and Diversity in Health and Social
  • Individual Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Human Body Systems and Care of Disorders
  • Services in Health and Social Care
  • Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care
  • The Health and Social Care Sector
  • The Early Years Sector

What are the entry requirements?

  • Aged 14 years old and in Year 9 at school (if not home-schooled)
  • A minimum attendance of 90% and a school report (or reference if home-schooled) that shows a commitment to learning.

Through the application process and at interview you will also be expected to demonstrate a passion and commitment for working in the health sector.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

Please note: To gain access to this course you will need to go through a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance on to the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the College and your placement provider.

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • Nursing and Health Cadet Programme
  • A health related Level 3 course
  • Apprenticeship

Career Path

  • Adult nurse
  • Paediatric Nurse
  • District nurse
  • Learning disability nurse
  • Mental health nurse
  • Midwife

Note: this list is only a small selection of possible opportunities that would be open to you after successfully completing your studies.

What qualification will I gain?

Health and Social Care (Extended Certificate) at Level 2, GCSE Maths, GCSE English Language, GCSE Science (Dual Award), GCSE Computer Science and GCSE Citizenship.

Start date



2 years.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:00