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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    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • Child development, observing behaviour and how to support children and young peoples education

    • Safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing

    • Working with parents, carers, wider families, agencies and services.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Plan and lead activities that include the learning and development areas of current early education curriculum requirements

    • Analyse and explain how children's learning and development can be affected by their stage of development and individual circumstances

    • Ensure plans fully reflect the stage of development, individual needs and circumstances of children and providing consistent care and responding quickly to the needs of the child.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Care and compassion

    • Honesty, trust and integrity while working as part of a team

    • Commitment to working in a non-discriminatory way whilst promoting British Values.
  • General info
    • 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.
  • 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.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    To start a Vocational Studies Programme you do not need any qualifications. Just the motivation to attend and take part! You could have mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades.

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply.

    These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.

    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.