16-18 Year Olds


If you have dreamed of a career within healthcare or nursing then our brand new Healthcare Academy programme is for you. This prestigious and highly sought after course is run in partnership with healthcare employers and will provide opportunities for you to go straight into an apprenticeship or degree in within healthcare industry. As a result there are only 20 places available per year.

The Healthcare Academy programme (BTEC Extended Diploma in Health Studies) is aimed at providing an insight into the skills, qualities, knowledge and experience needed to enter a career in the nursing and healthcare profession. A feature of this exciting and brand new course is the integration of theory and practice through state of the art teaching and learning here at College and through a variety of work placements. This elite course will provide students with invaluable experience offering a strong platform from which to build a career in healthcare.
An integral part of the course is attending a rotation of placements at Macclesfield hospital which will offer the opportunity to develop skills further and relate theory to practice.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 – 9 must include a Grade 4 in English Language and Maths and a Grade 5 or above in science, as well as being highly motivated with a passion for caring for people.

Practical placements are an integral part of the course programme therefore you will need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (please enquire at your interview).

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with the Head of School for Health and Social Care, along with one of the course tutors to discuss the course and its requirements further.


The course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills required to work in a range of healthcare related fields, including an awareness of anatomy and physiology, psychology, sociology, physiological disorders and Science for Health. The placement experience will enable you develop the practical and personal skills that you will need to be successful in your chosen field of healthcare.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods including project and assignment work, presentations, observations and examinations. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and then an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* is awarded on completion. Over the 2 year course you will complete 4 examinations and these are marked externally.

You will also be assessed on your personal and professional development, this involves completing at least 150 hours of work experience at Macclesfield Hospital. Students must reflect on each experience using tutor and mentor reports and their own evaluations and produce a portfolio of evidence.

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After you have completed your course, you may decide to move onto an apprenticeship programme with the hospital where you could study at level 4 or above. You could progress onto a higher level of study such as a BA (Hons) degree in Adult & Children’s Nursing, Mental Health & Learning Disability Nursing as well as degrees and higher level qualifications in other allied health professions such as paramedics, radiography, operation department practitioner, occupational therapy and podiatry etc..

Additional information

Additional help and support is available to you should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

You will need to purchase a DBS (£54), nurse’s tunic (£20) for practical work, flat shoes, black pants and a nurse’s watch.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.

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