Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater campus
  • Taunton campus

Who is the course for?

The aim of the course is to prepare you to work with children between birth and eight years and will provide Assistant Practitioner Status. 

What does the course involve?

  • Child Development
  • Working in Early Years Settings
  • Caring for Children
  • Supporting Children’s Learning Through Play

What makes this course special?

You will be taught by knowledgeable, friendly tutors and teachers and you will gain hands on, practical experience.  You will have access to a range of facilities as part of the college community. 

Placements/Work Placements

 You are required to complete a minimum of 300 work placement hours. This will involve attending a range of settings such as nursery, pre-school or school.  Students are well-prepared for placement and are visited regularly.

Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs in the 9 – 3 (A* - E) range
  • Entry is also subject to a successful interview that will assess your suitability to work with children
  • Reference
  • Clear DBS

What are the assessment methods?

  • Practical Assessment
  • Written Coursework
  • Examinations (External Assessment)
  • Presentations
  • Portfolio

How long is the course?

This is a one year full-time course.

What are the College attendance requirements?

Monday – Friday term time.  This is a full time course, attending college or placement.  You will also be required to study at home.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

There are some standard College course fees for materials, trips and clothing.

What are the progression options?

  • Job roles include nursery assistant, classroom assistant, nanny and pre-school assistant.
  • Progression to the Level 3 Years Educator qualifications require a merit profile and achievement of a minimum of a Level 5 in maths and English Language.


Previous students are currently employed as nursery assistants and pre-school assistants; many are working in local settings who support our students on work placements.

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