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Emergency Care Cadet Academy Level 3


This programme of study is an excellent opportunity for students to explore the wide range of health and social care issues within the context of the emergency care sector, whilst developing the skills needed to work in this sector. Designed and part-taught with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) this is a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working in a 999 setting. Students will produce a professional development portfolio as part of the course, linked to the workplace practice. This will take place in a variety of settings including acute care, patient transport and emergency call out vehicles. Applicants will need to undergo a police check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) and must have no previous convictions. In year one learners can achieve the 90 credit Diploma and the Extended Diploma in year two. Learners who have already achieved a 90 credit Diploma in either Health and Social Care or Uniformed Public Services to at least Merit level can continue their studies within the Academy and access these unique learning and work placement opportunities.


This study programme prepares students for work within the emergency care sector or higher education.

NWAS provides services to approximately 7 million people in an area of 5,500 square miles; which incorporates a widely varying demographic, topography and health needs across the region. The Trust has a budget of £215 million, currently operates from 109 ambulance stations and employs over 4,900 staff. There is a national shortage of paramedics and there are good opportunities for securing employment.

On this programme students will study the universal principles of care which are relevant to a wide range of rewarding careers; including social workers, nurses, health visitors, carers and paramedics. Students will develop a detailed understanding of the communication skills and safeguarding procedures necessary to work safely and professionally within the social care system.

Learners will complete the following over two years:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies)
  • NWAS Care Certificate
  • Heart Start
  • NHS Core Skills Framework
  • Work experience within a variety of health care settings.
  • Fitness Programme

Students will learn through a mixture of classroom-based teaching and practical hands-on sessions using a variety of teaching methods. Students will be encouraged and supported to work alongside peers in group activities and at times also be expected to work independently to complete assignment work that has been set.

Entry Requirements

Usually at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (new GCSE grading levels 4 to 9) to include any 2 from English, Maths and Science with at least a grade D in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English and Maths at Level 2

Further Study

Upon successful completion of this course students may progress onto Higher level qualifications such as Foundation Degrees or Honours Degree programmes in Paramedic Science and related sectors or go straight into employment.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400