Cadets (T-Levels)

This is the place to start your journey in healthcare and gain a qualification - The Northern Care College Alliance 

If you are a school leaver considering your next steps for a career in healthcare, then check out the opportunities to join the NCA Cadet Programme with our partner colleges across Salford, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale. As part of your 2 year T-Level qualification in Health or Healthcare Science - you’ll join us  for a programme of insight and training days as well as over 315 hours of hands on placement time in a clinical setting alongside Health Care Assistants, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists and a whole range of other NHS professions. 

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You will gain a real sense of what it’s like to work in the NHS and have the chance to decide whether it’s the right career path for you. The journey doesn’t stop there however! Embarking on the Cadet Programme can help you get the qualifications and experience to undertake further study to become a healthcare professional of the future as well as opportunities to gain meaningful employment within the NHS. We are working hard at the NCA to set up new pipelines for our Cadets to move into full time paid employment, part time employment alongside study, apprenticeships and Trainee Nursing Associate Programmes once they have completed their Cadet Programme. 

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Find out more on the T-Levels Website or T Levels and industry placement support for employers

Hear from our Cadets

Tasha completed her adult nurse cadet placement on the B1 general surgery ward at Salford Royal.

She said "Each member of staff on the ward was so welcoming and set an example that I will look up to in my career. They all showed me what a good nurse looked like and helped me settle in to the ward extremely well. I also remember them being very patient with me if I didn’t understand things at first and they would take their time to make sure I was confident in what to do."

Becky completed her placement ward B1, General surgery.

She said "My placement experience was amazing! The staff were so welcoming. I don't have a bad word to say. I think they explained my tasks clearly and always made sure to help me when I needed it. They made my experience so much more comforting and always made sure to inform me and teach me things."

Getting Involved:

If you’re an NCA staff member wanting to find out about how to become a Cadet Ambassador, Champion, Cheerleader, Host or Trainer, visit our Career Ambassadors Page.

Thinking about supporting T Levels in your NHS trust?

This video was funded by the Gatsby Foundation to inspire and support other health organisations to get involved with T levels.

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Becoming a Cadet 

Recruitment onto the Cadet Programmes takes place throughout the year directly with colleges for a September start. If you’re a school leaver wanting to find out more about how to become a Cadet then here’s what you need to do next: 

  • Consider which partner colleges you would like to apply to 

  • Check out their course options and entry criteria 

  • Apply directly to the college for your chosen courses 

  • Wait for a response from the college 

  • If successful - attend an interview / selection day 

Partner Colleges - T level courses we support and entry requirements

Bury College

T Level: Health (Supporting the Adult Nursing Team) 

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 and above including English, Maths, Core and Additional Science. 

Eccles Sixth Form College

T Level: Health (Supporting the Adult Nursing Team) 

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSES at Grade 4 and above including English, Maths and Science 

Hopwood Hall College

T Level: Health (Supporting the Adult Nursing Team) 

Entry Requirements:

4 GCSES at grades 4 and above, including English, Maths & Science at grades 5 and above.

Oldham College

T Level: Health (Supporting Healthcare) 

Entry Qualifications:

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 and above including English, Maths and Science at a minimum of Grade 5. 

 

T Level: Healthcare Science (Assisting The Healthcare Science Team) 

Entry Qualifications:

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 and above including English, Maths and Science at a minimum of Grade 5. 


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