16-18 Year Olds


If your dream career lies within the healthcare sector, 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 into an apprenticeship or degree in within healthcare industry. As a result there are limited spaces available.

The Healthcare Academy programme (BTEC Extended Diploma in Health Studies) is aimed at providing students with the skills, qualities, knowledge and experience needed to enter a career in the nursing and healthcare profession. A feature of this exciting course is the integration of theory and practice through specialised teaching and learning from experienced tutors, and through various work placements. This 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. These may include work experience in Paediatrics, Same Day Emergency Care, Orthopaedics or the Gastroenterology department.

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 a specialised subject, you must have a desire to work in a person-facing role and have a desire to build on interpersonal skills, such as empathy and compassion.

Practical placements are an integral part of the course programme therefore you will need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview to discuss the course and its requirements further. Following an offer from the college, you will also be interviewed by our partners at Macclesfield Hospital.


The course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills required to work in a range of healthcare related fields.

Mandatory units include:
• Working in Health and Social Care
• Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Social Care
• Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
• Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
• Promoting Public Health
• Human Lifespan Development
• Principals of Safe Practice
• Work Experience in Health and Social Care

The work placement experience is compulsory and will benefit you when completing theory elements of the course.


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.

Awarding body

Pearson Edexcel


Upon successful completion of this course, you can progress onto a range of Higher Education programmes, apprenticeships, employment or voluntary work. This may include an undergraduate degree, such as:
BSc (Hons) in Nursing (Adult or Children), Mental Health Nursing or Learning Disability Nursing. Alternatively, you may choose the apprenticeship or degree apprenticeship route, such as Nursing Healthcare Science Practitioner or Ambulance Practitioner.

Additional information

Additional help and support is available to you should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.This may include learning support or financial assistance.

You will need to purchase a DBS (£47.80), tunic (£20) for practical work, flat shoes, black pants and a nurse watch.

Further Information

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

Duration and Times

Start date: 01/09/2022

End date: 23/06/2023

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 35

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