This is a placement-based programme, with students developing essential skills such as observation, assessment and problem solving. The focus is on developing the practical skills needed to work in the sector through work experience. You'll build your caring and communication skills, your confidence in working with young children and their families, your understanding of child development and your team-working skills.
A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.
- One-year Extended Certificate
- One-year Foundation Diploma
- Two-year Diploma
- Two-year Extended Diploma.
- Play and learning
- Working with parents
- Observation, assessment and planning
- Physical care and health needs
- Working with children with additional needs
- Keeping children safe
- English and Maths, as required.
One or two years full-time, depending on study route.
Students can progress to study Childcare at degree-level.
Work with more responsibility in early years settings, in children's centres and care homes, as a pre-school, nursery room or playwork leader, in healthcare, community education, or in the classroom.
Four GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma or equivalent. A satisfactory reference and a clear Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check are also needed.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
Jasmine knew she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others but wasn’t sure exactly how.
Her time studying Health and Social Care at the College College has given her a much better understanding of the areas available and she is now intent on working with primary school children or those suffering mental health issues.
Jasmine said: “We’ve learned about helping vulnerable people in all stages of life, including the elderly, children, people with additional needs and mental health issues. I’ve really learned a lot – much more than I thought I would. The course goes into a lot more areas than I thought it would.
“I’ve had work experience in a primary school and a care home. They have been really interesting, contrasting experiences.
“When I started the course I wanted to help people but I wasn’t sure how. This has helped me see what options there are and eventually I would like to work in a primary school or in mental health. Mental health is a really big issue and it is very interesting.”