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SHARE YOUR LOVE OF CARING This course is designed for anyone with an interest in the care and welfare of individuals.

Working within the Care Industry can be extremely rewarding and provide great job satisfaction. If you are enthusiastic and have a passion for helping others then these courses could be for you.

Health and Social Care is one of the largest sectors in the UK, serving over 2.3 million adults and employing over 1.8 million people.

This course will help you to understand the range of settings in which social care takes place, and the different roles and types of work available within the healthcare system.

Students who work hard and achieve merits and distinctions will also be able to progress in to Higher Education, progression into nursing courses is a popular choice.


Students will be able to benefit from on-site facilities including; Muddy Boots Nursery, which provides care for children aged 3 months to pre-school, a Forest School site, dedicated base room with a wide variety of teaching and learning resources, a range of literacy and numeracy equipment, access to local care homes, and a range of equipment for developing craft and play activities for residential care settings.


• Care assistant

• Health Care Assistant

• Home care assistant

• Public health worker

• Dental nurse


The College has strong links with many local businesses where placement opportunities are available. Partnerships which we have built up include with the NHS, local schools, Barnardos, community learning groups, East Cumbria Family Support and Winters Park Nursing Home.

Emergency Care Cadet Academy

DEVELOPING THE NEXT GENERATION.This programme of study is designed for anyone aspiring to be a paramedic or emergency care professional.

This academy is a pioneering partnership between Newton Rigg College and the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and creates ground-breaking opportunities for the next generation of emergency care professionals. The industry-informed curriculum will open up new possibilities for those with aspirations of careers across a number of sectors, including the Health Service, particularly in Accident and Emergency , and will give students a competitive edge for continuing their studies to degree level.

The course has been designed together with NWAS and includes health care, anatomy, physiology, and an academic content which is Health and Social Care based leading to a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma after two years of study. The course can be used to progress into employment within the ambulance service or into higher education. Practicing paramedics are involved with  key aspects of the course and share their experiences and knowledge to contextualise the knowledge gained form the qualifications.

A unique feature of the course is the high quality work experience opportunities. In the first year, placements will be in a variety of health care settings to ensure basic care principles are practiced before starting the second year placements in Cumbrian ambulance stations. During this second year, students will work on Patient Transport ambulances before progressing to accompanying paramedics on emergency call outs.

In addition, learners will complete a one day ‘Heart Start’ course, NWAS Care Certificate and the NHS Core Skills Framework. Students will also be encouraged and supported to achieve their driving licence (essential for securing a place on a paramedic degree programme). 

This course is offered as a two year programme of study, but is also open as a second year programme to those who have already studied a Foundation  Diploma in either Health and Social Care or Uniformed Public Services and would like to convert to the Cadets.


The College has high-quality laboratories to support science studies, access to a simulated ambulance and a wide range of facilities to support fitness training including a climbing wall, high ropes course, extensive land, including large training area based in the heart of the Lake District, a gym with a range of state-of-the-art cardio and resistance machines and a wide selection of free-weights, a sports hall and outdoor sports pitches.


  • Acute care settings within the NHS
  • Paramedic
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Call handler/emergency medical dispatcher
  • Ambulance care assistant/patient transport service (PTS) driver


The course is supported by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and forms a key part of NWAS’s workforce planning and Talent for Care strategies. The course is also supported by the University of Cumbria. Competition for university places on paramedic courses is very high and interviews typically involve clinical scenarios. Often 16 -18 year olds have little knowledge or experience of these and so are at a disadvantage. This study programme will give learners extra experience and a real competitive edge at the application and interview stages.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400