Course Information

Who is the course for?

These Apprenticeships are designed to be suitable for learners who wish to study while earning a salary in paid employment.  They are assessed in a work situation and combine knowledge and practical skills.  They are flexible programmes and learners will have the opportunity to be involved in planning learning activities in their workplace. 

What does the course involve?

You will study all aspects of child care and learning including care and development, working safely with young children, healthy environments and learning through play. 

What makes this course special?

We have excellent relationships with early years employers in the area and we provide a supportive

learning environment at College. The teaching staff and assessors have recent, relevant work place

experience and enjoy the opportunity to nurture new practitioners.

Placements/Work Placements

You are expected to have employment in an early years setting of at least 30 hours a week to be able to do an Apprenticeship.  Your employment will need to last the duration of the course.

Entry Requirements

  • To access the Advanced Apprenticeship you will need to be in relevant employment and have at least five GCSEs in the A* - C range or a relevant Level 2 qualification with a Merit or Distinction. You should have English and Maths at grade C/4 or above.
  • To access the Intermediate Apprenticeship you will need to be in relevant employment and have GCSEs in the A* - E range
  • An interview is required for this course
  • Mature students welcome to apply

What are the assessment methods?

  • There are no written exams for the Certificate/Diploma.  Instead you will build a portfolio which will include coursework and practical assessments in your workplace
  • You may be required to sit exams for Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT if you do not already have these

How long is the course?

  • You can start this course at any time.  Expect to complete within 12 – 18 months for an Intermediate Apprenticeship or 18 – 24 months for an Advanced Apprenticeship.

What are the College attendance requirements?

  • You may spend some hours in college while studying the Apprenticeship, depending on the agreement your employer makes with Bridgwater and Taunton College.
  • Self-study hours will be up to 10 a week.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

  • You might like to buy a textbook to help you with this qualification, which can be bought from the LRC

What are the progression options?

  • Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner
  • City and Guilds Level 5 Early Years qualification
  • Sector Endorsed (Early Years) Foundation Degree


Former learners have progressed into permanent positions in early years settings, and some have progressed on to higher level qualifications.

Awarding Body

City and Guilds

Further Information