This course provides a mixture of both core and specialist knowledge over a two-year period. Students will be expected to carry out extensive work experience (750 hours) to develop their skills and knowledge.  Students will get involved in our Teddy Tots sessions and use our outdoor classroom as part of their course.

High standards of attire are a strict requirement during your course and will include a set college uniform. Text books relating to your course will be essential for your learning.

Learners need to show competence in both skills and knowledge, they will need to be working or be on a practical placement in a learning environment (early years setting) during the taught programme of study, and therefore will also require a clear Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Initially students learn the core knowledge for the Education and Childcare sector. This includes consideration of the following 12 aspects:

  • Wider context of education and childcare
  • Child development
  • Supporting education
  • Safeguarding
  • Managing behaviour
  • Use of observation and assessment
  • Equality and diversity
  • Special educational needs and disability
  • English as an additional language
  • Working with parents, families and carers
  • Working with others
  • Reflective practice.

The core elements are assessed through an Employer Set Project and an externally marked exam. Combined this will be graded A*-U.

In year two there are specialisms that can be followed. The specialist content ensures students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve competence in this area. Students will be assessed by synoptic assessments and observations carried out while on their work placements. These elements combined will be graded Distinction, Merit, Pass and Ungraded.

Early Years & Childcare Specialism
This includes showing competence of the knowledge and skills of following performance outcomes:

  • Support and promote children’s play, development and early education
  • Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development
  • Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress
  • Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children
  • Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development
  • This specialism is full and relevant for childcare ratios.

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School Leavers under the age of 19 do not have to pay fees on any full time courses, though may have to pay for their second year if turning 19 during their studies.

If you’re aged 19 or over you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,000. Find more information on Advanced Learner Loans on our website.

If you are studying a part-time course and you receive one of the following benefits, or you depend financially on someone who does, you may be entitled to have your tuition fees waived:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support

You will, however, have to pay any awarding body/assessment fees (unless you are on a first full level 2 course).

* If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit or receive other allowances, you may be eligible to claim concessionary rates. If you are entitled to a fee concession you will be asked to provide proof of your entitlement.

It is essential that you inform us if your entitlement changes at any time during your course.

For any questions about fees, remissions and entitlements, please contact our helpful Careers Team on 01329 815 200.