Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater campus
  • Taunton campus

Who is the course for?

This course prepares you for employment through extensive work placements with children and gives you Early Years Practitioner status. This is needed for working in a variety of settings and roles such as Early Years Educator, Child Minder or as a Nanny or Au Pair.

Also, it is ideally suited for students aiming to go on to Higher Education to gain a degree for careers such as primary teaching or social work.

What does the course involve?

This course covers all areas of children’s development and learning, including current curriculums and how theoretical learning underpins working with children.

The course consists of a variety of units including:

  • Children’s development, play and learning
  • Working with children with additional needs
  • The early years foundations stage
  • Working with parents and others
  • Promoting children’s development outdoors

What makes this course special?

  • The variety of placements
  • Students looking for employment are often asked to apply for vacancies at their placement settings
  • Educational trips and visits to support your learning
  • This qualification is well respected and enables students to gain employment in childcare settings in the UK and abroad
  • It is an excellent route into primary teaching

Placements/Work Placements

You will gain practical experience during your 750 placement hours. These will be made up in a variety of settings to include nurseries, schools and special needs placements. 

Placements are two days a week with one block week a term. Students are well prepared and visited regularly by a Placement Co-ordinator who will liaise with you to ensure the placement is successful.

Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 5 range, including Maths and English, or a Level 2 Early Years qualification at Merit profile, with GCSE English and Maths at C or above (9 to 5 range).

You also need GCSE Science if you want to pursue primary teaching.

Entry is subject to a successful interview and at least one week of relevant work experience such as in a nursery or primary school. 

What are the assessment methods?

Assessment is through written examinations, practical assessment during placements, written coursework, presentations and a work placement portfolio.

How long is the course?

Two years, full-time

What are the College attendance requirements?

This is a full-time course with three days a week at College and the remaining two days in an early years placement. You will also be required to study at home.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

You will be required to purchase clothing, books, trips and pay related course fees.

What are the progression options?

On successful completion you could progress to a Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies at University Centre Somerset, or a degree in primary education teaching, social work, speech and language therapy or special education. Alternatively, you could find employment as an Early Years Educator, Classroom Assistant, Child Minder or Nanny. 

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