Nursing and Health Cadet Programme

Please note: applications for 2018 entry are now closed. Applications for 2019 entry open on the 18th October.

This programme is for 16 to 18 year olds who wish to start their career journey into Nursing. You will study for a Level 3 CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at the College for three days per week and spend two days per week on placement at Aintree University Hospital, gaining significant practical hands-on experience that will develop your skills and employability further.

A key feature of this programme is the fact that you will spend 40% of your week for two years gaining hands-on work experience in a hospital setting and this will be ideal preparation to support you to move into the health profession. During your placement you will work across the Trust in ward, clinical and therapy areas in direct contact with patients, supported by ward staff and gaining firsthand experience. For example, a selection of activities you can expect to be completing during your first year include: talking and reassuring patients, feeding patients, collecting and delivering drugs, X rays, etc. and assisting in bathing and dressing patients. In addition during your second year you can expect to be involved in ward rounds and non-invasive clinical procedures.

The Cadet Programme will prepare you perfectly for university entry onto nursing, social work, youth work, paramedic or other related health or care degrees.

All Cadets will receive a free travel pass and will also receive lunch vouchers whilst on placement. Separate uniforms to be worn whilst in College and on placement will be provided free of charge.

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?

The course is made up of 18 Health and Social Care modules - 14 core modules and 4 specialist modules. The specialist modules explore particular topics in depth. Students will also complete 1 external examination and 2 external synoptic assessments that will require research and demonstrate your capability to apply your knowledge, understanding and skills.

All students study these 14 core modules:

  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Human growth and development
  • Safeguarding in health and social care
  • Communication in health and social care
  • Infection prevention and control in health and social care
  • Psychological perspectives in health and social care
  • Sociological perspectives in health and social care
  • Working in health and social care
  • Reflective practice
  • Empowerment in health and social care
  • Protection of children, young people and adults in health and social care
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Research skills for health and social care
  • Personal and professional development

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (a grade 4 or above under the new grading system), including Maths and English Language. A grade C or above in a GCSE Science subject would be advantageous but is not essential.

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?

  • Study at university to gain a degree
  • Study as a higher level or degree apprentice whilst in employment
  • Full time employment in a wide variety of health care roles

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.

What qualification will I gain?

Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care Level 3. This is graded from A* to D.

How many days of the week will I be studying?

3 days per week at Hugh Baird College and 2 days per week at Aintree University Hospital.

Start date

October 2019.


2 years.



In addition to the financial support for travel and food, as a student of Hugh Baird College you may be eligible for additional support. This would be identified on an individual basis, subject to circumstances.

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 Monday, 03 September 2018 15:47