What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
This course is for those wishing to learn the skills necessary to work within the childcare industry. An intermediate apprenticeship is a one year programme, attending college for one day per week in term time. The remaining time you will be working for your employer, you will also be visited and assessed in your workplace.
What topics will I study?
There are many units within the qualification that are chosen in relation to the kind of tasks you will be carrying out within your place of employment.
Examples of these units include:
What experiences will I get?
You will benefit from our excellent links with a range of nurseries and schools in the area.
What are the entry requirements?
Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need GCSE grade 4 or above in English and maths and in some cases ICT, however, we will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme.
You need patience, understanding, a strong desire to work with people and good communication skills. You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for your employer.
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 will launch you directly into the workplace and provides an excellent preparation to build your career and progress to further training and education. The Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) is the next step in doing so.
Are there any additional costs?
Other costs would include the purchase of recommended textbooks. You will need an enhanced DBS check done through your work placement or the college.
What support can I get?
You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.
What will this training cost me?
If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your Apprenticeship Training Programme, there is no charge to you or your employer as the college will claim the funding for the cost of your programme directly from the Government.
If you are aged 19 or over and studying a Level 2 or Level 3 Apprenticeship, your employer will have to be willing to contribute as the Government will only fund part of the costs of your training - this is currently between £80 - £110 depending on the type of Apprenticeship you wish to complete.
Click here to view the Apprenticeship Journey booklet