What opportunities will this course give me?
This qualification gives learners an introduction to childcare and education and helps them to make an informed choice about working with children and young people. Learners may work in a variety of job roles such as nursery or pre-school practitioner or classroom assistant.
This programme is a great stepping stone for a Level 3 T Level qualification and allows progression for those who have also achieved maths and English GCSE and have a positive tutor recommendation.
This qualification comes with licence to practice.
What will I be learning?
This qualification is made up of 14 units which cover a range of subjects including children's play, learning and development; food and nutrition; health and safety; equality and inclusion and safeguarding children's welfare.
You will attend a nursery setting for work experience each week in order to gain practical experience in a real work environment and be observed within this placement by your tutor.
English and Maths GCSEs will be studied by learners who have not previously achieved these subjects.
Why is this course for me?
You will learn through a mixture of lectures and practical work experience. You will be required to attend college for three days per week and a work placement for two days per week. All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods including written assignments or tasks, designing a leaflet or booklet, charts or diagrams or setting up an information board as well as being observed and assessed in your placement setting.
What do I need to sign up?
You should have a particular interest and commitment to the care of children and be at least 16 years of age. You should be organised, have excellent communication skills and be confident to work using your own initiative.
You will need 4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or higher including English and Maths.
All learners without a GCSE at grade A*-C or 9-4 in English or Maths will be required, as a condition of the programme, to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme. Therefore, if you enter a programme with a Grade 3 in English or Maths, you will be required to take English or Maths as well.
You will require an interview with subject specialist staff to ensure you have a good understanding of the course you are applying for. Attendance and attainment reports from previous education will also be required.
The programme is fully funded for learners aged 16-18.
For learners aged 19+ the price is upon application only, and after receiving information, advice & guidance.
Is there anything else I need to know?
It is recommended that students purchase a course textbook, details of which can be obtained at the start of the term. Students are required to provide their own study equipment such as stationery.
There is a mandatory requirement for students to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in order to attend work placement. The DBS application and associated ID evidence must be processed by October half term for learners to continue further with their course.
All learners enrolled on a full-time study programme are expected to attend a compulsory work or industry placement during their course. For this course, the requirement is to complete 250 hours of placement throughout the year.
Learners should be aware that this is compulsory part of their study programme and work / industry placements will take place during the college week.
Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.
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