What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
This course is designed to give you the knowledge and practical skills for supervised employment in early year settings. You will be taught by formal lectures with a variety of teaching methods including group and individual presentations.
Unit 1 is assessed through an onscreen externally marked test. Unit 2 is assessed through an externally marked practical task. Units 3, 4, 5 and 6 are practical work based assignments which you will be assessed on during your 280 hours work placement. Unit 7 is a synoptic practical assignment which covers your personal and professional development.
What topics will I study?
Unit 1 - Policy and Practice for Working in Early Years Settings
Unit 2 - Child Development from Birth up to Five Years
Unit 3 - Developing Professional Practice Skills for Work in Early Years Settings
Unit 4 - Supporting Children's Physical Care Needs in Early Years Settings
Unit 5 - Supporting Children's Learning through Play
Unit 6 - Supporting Children's Communication, Literacy and Language Development
Unit 7 - Preparation for Work as an Early Years Assistant
You will undertake 280 hours of work experience which forms a compulsory part of the course.
You may also have the opportunity to retake a GCSE in English or maths.
What experiences will I get?
Work placements are allocated each term with a one day a week requirement and six one week block placements.
What are the entry requirements?
English and maths entry requirements: Grade 3 in English language and in maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, or equivalent.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: You also need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of the application process. You will be invited to interview, where you will need to show you are committed to completing the course and that you aim to improve your numeracy and literacy skills. During interview, we will look at your school report to ensure your attendance and behaviour has been to a good standard.
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?
This course provides progression into employment in care or early years care and education, or onto a Level 3 vocational course or National Diploma, or A Levels providing you achieve the award at a Merit Grade and the relevant required GCSE.
Are there any additional costs?
You will need to purchase your own equipment and it is optional to purchase a coursebook. A fee of approximately £195 is charged which covers a DBS Check, placement uniform, trip and professional development sessions over the course of the year.
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.