spotlight on… nursing cadetship

Here, we take a closer look at our very popular Nursing Cadetship course where students complete a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care which is equivalent to three A-Levels.

We asked one of our current students, Megan, to give us a bit of insight into what the Nursing Cadetship programme is all about, what’s involved and what it’s like studying here at Cowley Sixth Form College.


When did you first consider studying the Nursing Cadetship at sixth form?

I first considered studying the Nursing Cadetship at sixth form in the October 2018. Cowley Sixth Form visited De La Salle on a Careers Evening. I spoke to the Head Girl at the time and she told me how welcome she was made to feel at Cowley. So, I visited an Open Evening and spoke to Mrs Robinson about the Nursing Cadetship. Then I knew this course was what I wanted to do when I left school.

What was it that captured your interest in the subject?

The mix of coursework and placement was what initially captured my interest in this subject as I believe it helps give an advantage from those who chose to pursue the A-level route as I will have more of an insight into nursing and the role itself through hands on experience.  

What has surprised you most about the subject?

The thing that has surprised me the most about the nursing course is the wide range of topics that you study, from Social Sciences to Technology.

Work placements form a large part of the course, can you tell us about your favourite placement and some things you have learnt whilst out on placement?

Out of all the placements I have been on, I especially enjoyed my time on 3E Orthopaedics. The staff were so welcoming, and I learned a lot in the six weeks I was there. I went to a bladder scan workshop, assisted patients to theatre, did observations and glucose levels and helped assist with patients who were immobilised due to their injuries. 

If you are struggling with a question/topic what support is available?

There’s a lot of support systems put in place if you are struggling with a certain topic. If I am struggling with anything, I email my teacher, to which they respond with the information and questions you are looking for which is very reassuring.

What do you enjoy most about the lessons?

What I enjoy most about the lessons are the topics we are studying. For example, now we are studying disorders from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s. Also, I enjoy the structure of the lessons. Normally, we have a discussion first about the work, the teacher will explain the work in detail whilst we make notes, then we will type up the work that is set.

What have you found the most challenging? 

At first, the transition from doing multiple subjects in secondary school to just one was hard. Even though it is just one course, there’s still lots to do, if not more, as you have multiple teachers for different units, and you have to try and find a balance between them all.

What advice would you give someone thinking of taking the subject at Cowley Sixth Form College?

To anyone thinking of choosing the Nursing Cadetship, I would say go for it! It is an excellent course to choose if you know you want to go into a care profession. It has a good balance of everything, and you have other career options to look at within the field, not just nursing. It is a great pathway to other jobs such as Nursery Workers, Physiotherapists and Paramedic Sciences.

If you had to pick your subjects again, would you still pick the Nursing Cadetship? If yes, why? If no, why not? 

If I had the choice to go back and choose my subjects again, I would 100% choose this course again as it has not only helped me define what I want to do after I leave sixth form, but it has also prepared me for that and I couldn’t thank the teachers enough. Every lesson is different and very interesting.


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