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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 under supervision 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 Early Years qualification and allows progression for those who have also achieved maths and English GCSE and have a positive tutor recommendation.

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 or pre-school setting for work experience for one day a week in order to gain practical experience in a real work environment.

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 one day 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.

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 to have gained a minimum of four GCSEs at grade D / 3 or above including English Language and Maths.

You should also have good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college. You will also have to attend and complete a successful college interview.

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 and a USB memory stick.

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.

Application Information

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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12/09/2022 - Apply Now


Eastleigh College

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24+: £1,766.00

Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
CCEA Eastleigh College 12/09/2022 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,766.00 Apply now

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Need some further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any of our courses, the College has a dedicated Careers Advisor who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1014