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 you will need to have the opportunity to be involved in planning learning activities in your workplace.  

What does the course involve?

You will study all aspects of supporting children in schools including care and development, working safely with young children, healthy environments and learning through structured activities. 

What makes this course special?

We have excellent relationships with schools 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 a school 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, including English and Maths, or a relevant Level 2 qualification with a Merit or Distinction.  You should have GCSE English and Maths at 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 or a relevant level 1 qualification.
  • 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 on an Intermediate Apprenticeship or 18 – 24 months for an Advanced Apprenticeship.

What are the College attendance requirements?

  • You may spend some hours in college, 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?

Learners may like to buy a textbook to help them with this qualification, which can be bought from the College's Learning Resource Centre.

What are the progression options?

On completion of these courses you could apply to do the Sector Endorsed (Early Years) Foundation Degree



Former learners have progressed into permanent positions in schools or early years settings, and some have progressed to our Foundation Degree

Awarding Body


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