This is a vocationally related qualification, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in work-related contexts. It is popular because upon successful completion it confers a ‘Licence to Practice’ and is excellent preparation for a variety of careers working with children. The course prepares you to work with children and their families in a variety of settings and environments within the childcare sector. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working independently to produce high quality coursework; working to deadlines; and presenting information effectively.
You will spend three days per week studying units including child development, play and learning, health and safety, working with parents and others, safeguarding, observation, assessment and planning. Learning is through a student centred approach including a variety of individual and group activities, practical sessions, presentations and the use of ICT to support research. Educational visits to local exhibitions and guest presenters speaking about a variety of topics enrich your learning experience.
You will also spend two days per week doing practical training in a local childcare and education setting, where you will gain experience working with children aged from birth to 7yrs and 11 months. You will be required to complete a total of 750 hours of work experience over the duration of the course.
All successful applicants will be required to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service check.
Course Skills & Benefits
The majority of the course is assessed through Unit assignments which are submitted throughout the two year course. Competence in the workplace is assessed through observation by the College work place co-ordinator and trained staff in placement.