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Early Years

This course is a good stepping stone if you're aiming for a career in the childcare and Early Years sector. It is made up of units including Introduction to Communication; Introduction to Personal Development; Introduction to Equality and Inclusion; Child and Young Person Development; Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People; Contribute to Children and Young People's Health and Safety; Understand Partnership; and Working in Services for Children and Young People. Students also undertake around 200 hours of practical work experience and complete a Practical Evidence Portfolio

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grades D-F/3-2 Relevant Level 1 qualification with Merit or above Relevant industry experience to Level 1 or above You must be aged 16 or above

  • Unit breakdown, Progression & More...

    Assessment Method

    Assignments, project-based tasks, time-constrained exams, assessments in the workplace.

    Aims of the course

    To enable students to gain the skills needed to enter employment in the childcare and Early Years sector.

    Progression Opportunities

    You can progress on to further study on the Level 3 Diploma in children's workforce (Early Year educator), Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare, or BTEC level 3 90 credit Health and Social Care, or to apprenticeship programmes, or to employment.


    Virtual nursery; learning resource centre equipped with useful tools to support learning.

    Career Options

    Having successfully completed this course, you can apply for job roles in a childcare setting such as nursery nurse.

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 709 p/year
24+ £709 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

And Then?

College isn't just about a social life and good grades. Check out what sort of careers this subject can lead to.

Nursery nurses and assistants


Houseparents and residential wardens


Social services managers and directors


Gentjana Aliaj

One highlight of my time at university has been the opportunity to meet professionals in my field whose work and research has completely changed my perspective of the world we live in.

Marta Weremkowicz-wlosinska

The Learning Centre is well equipped with HE book collections, and the staff in the Centre have always been very helpful and friendly.

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