In addition to attending College, students attend placement two days a week with children across four age ranges. Whilst there are no exams, there are two externally assessed pieces of work. All other assessments are completed though coursework and students will need to spend up to 12 hours of outside of College time completing assessments. Subjects studied include: child development, health and well-being; professional practice; play and learning for school readiness; professional development. Methods of assessment will include: direct observations, reflection on own practice and written assignments. Students will have the opportunity to practice skills in observation, assessment and planning to meet children’s needs.
For those aged 16-18 years: 4 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English language and a minimum of grade D or level 2 Functional Skills in Maths. Or students who have achieved a Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject such as An Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (QCF) or have completed A Levels and are looking to enhance their UCAS points will be considered.
Students will be required to apply for an Enhanced DBS Check to enable them to go into work placement and need to apply for this prior to enrolment.
All students who have not achieved a grade C or above in GCSE Maths will continue to study a GCSE Maths qualification alongside their chosen main qualification.
On this study programme, you have the opportunity to learn in a real working environment, working with children in a range of early years settings, completing observations of child development and planning effectively for a child’s next steps. A range of trips and enrichment activities are also available.
Students MUST achieve all knowledge and skills elements to be able to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma. Students may progress onto the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, Childcare apprenticeship, or can be employed to work in a Level 2 supervised early years role. For students who have already achieved A Levels, the Certificate in Childcare and Education (EYE) can offer up to an additional 140 UCAS points. Students keen to progress into Higher Education, it is recommended you consider progressing onto the Diploma in Childcare and Education, since this course enables students to gain up to 420 UCAS points, which is equivalent to three A Levels.
No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 - 18 on 31 August 2016
£25 for textbook, £14 for a polo shirt for placement (unless purchased last year), £44 for enhanced DBS check and £50 for educational trips. Accurate at time of print.
The first year of the course had a lot of great opportunities to learn new skills and gain knowledge within the childcare community. Placements were very successful for everyone and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience as it helped a lot of us decide on what we would like to do once we leave College. The support from the College tutors was a massive help with the course, they were very helpful and would help find a way around any situation that arose