Childcare & Early Years

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: NCFE

Qualifications on offer:

  • Entry level (3) occupational studies for the workplace
  • Functional Skills at a level suitable for you

Summary of course

Students can develop a ‘hands-on' approach to their learning and gain practical skills, knowledge and understanding of childcare. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained may help students prepare for work through real or simulated work situations and may contribute to preparing them for working life beyond education.

The NCFE Occupational Studies for the Workplace (Entry 3) qualifications are intended to give students a solid base from which to further develop their skills and learning.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Food and Nutrition for children
  • working in a team
  • Caring for children and babies
  • Improving own confidence
  • Parenting skills

Specialist Units:

  • Planning for and taking part in a visit
  • Problem solving skills for work
  • working as a volunteer

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

There are varying methods of assessment within the programme, which could include:

  • observations
  • role play and professional discussions
  • written tasks/assessments and presentations
  • workbooks and computer based activities.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in Childcare and wish to gain an Entry Level qualification in Childcare.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Following the successful completion of the Occupational Studies in the Workplace qualifications, you may progress to work-based learning and develop your skills, or progression to the Level 1 Childcare or Level 1 Health and Social Care study programme is also possible.

Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the ‘What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Entry and Foundation entry requirements

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studies as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 1 (F/G).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

  • Stationery - £25 approx.
  • Text book - £25 approx.
  • Polo shirt - £15 approx.
  • If a placement opportunity is offered towards the end of the course then there will be cost for your DBS application and this cost will be given to you nearer the time.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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