The Care Academy is an exciting and new opportunity for BTEC Science and Health and Social Care students who are thinking of nursing or caring as a career. This opportunity is unique and will help you understand the role of a carer and a nurse. Nursing is an extremely competitive course at university and the Care Academy is designed to prepare you well.


Who should apply?

Anyone who is considering a career in nursing or caring and is studying BTEC Extended Diploma in Level 3 Applied Science or Extended Diploma Level 3 Health and Social Care.

Must have GCSE English and Maths (grade C/4 or above)

A person who is enthusiastic, passionate and excited to help improve health care in the NHS.


What does it involve?

  • 2 sessions a week
  • Placement in a care setting
  • Clinical skills
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Infection and hygiene control
  • End of life care
  • University preparation
  • Chance to meet professionals


1 year course


Developed in partnership with:

The Patients Association

NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Waltham Forest


Student Quote:

‘Once I started I met a lot of great people with interesting stories to tell, both the nurses and patients. I believe that the project helped me in both choosing a career and also getting me at the stage where I was accepted for a nursing course at City University.’

Aman Ali – Former student involved in the pilot