Caring for Children
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services Level 1 Hele Road site 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course introduces you to the skills and knowledge needed to progress on to a career in early years. A range of teaching styles will be used including practical hands-on, formal lectures with group, pair and individual work.

PSD (Personal and Social Development) as well as Functional Skills or GCSE; English and Maths are a component of the Foundation Learning. There is an exam for each of the functional Skills or GCSE subjects; English and Maths.

What topics will I study?

Units include:

  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with Others
  • Researching a Topic

These are mandatory units studied on all Level 1 courses but will be subject related, plus 6 Childcare units:

  • Providing an Activity to Support Children’s Emotional and Social Needs
  • Planning a Safe Childcare Environment
  • Providing an Activity to Encourage Children to Eat Healthily
  • Providing a Pre-school Children’s Reading Activity
  • Providing an Activity to Support Children’s Numeracy
  • Providing a Children’s Creative Activity

You will undertake 30+ hours of work experience which is a recommended part of the course.

What experiences will I get?

A work placement is encouraged and usually allocated from Term 2 with a minimum of half-day a week. You must wear placement uniform. There are also associated trips which are a requirement of the course.

What are the entry requirements?

English and Maths entry requirements: Grade 2 in English language and in Maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, or equivalent.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: An interest in working with children. If undertaking childcare placements you also need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly CRB) as part of the application process.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building.

What can the course lead on to?

You may be able to go on to a BTEC Level 2 Diploma either in Childcare or in a different area, or you may wish to go on to an Apprenticeship.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need to purchase your own equipment and it is optional to purchase a course book. A fee of  approximately £100 is charged which covers a DBS check, placement uniform, trips and professional development sessions over the duration of the course. 



This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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