Nursing and Health Cadet Programme


Start:
October
Location:
Balliol Road Campus and Aintree University Hospital
Level:
3

Course Details

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.

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

Entry Requirements

How much will this course cost me?

Aged 16-18

Free.

Aged 19+

There may be fees associated with this course.

You may be eligible to have some or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances.

Please call 0151 353 4444 or email enquiries@hughbaird.ac.uk with any queries.

Financial Support (all ages)

You may be eligible to receive financial support for course fees, travel and childcare. Please visit our Student Finance page for more information.

Please call 0151 353 4444 or email enquiries@hughbaird.ac.uk with any queries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

If you are aged 16-18 then the majority of our courses are free for you to study. If you are aged 19+ then there may be fees associated with the course. You may be eligible to have some, or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances. Visit our Student Finance pages for more information.

You do not have to let a lack of money stop you from coming to Hugh Baird College. We have bursaries and grants in place to help support those students that may find it more difficult to cover the costs of participating in further education, these include help with things such as tuition fees, childcare and travel. Visit our Student Finance pages for more information.

No. We can enrol students from any area. Public transport links are good too, so the College is easy to get to from all across Merseyside.

Please contact our independent Careers Advisors. Call 0151 353 4444 or email careers@hughbaird.ac.uk.