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Early Years

This programme is designed to help you decide whether a career in childcare and Early Years is right for you and help you plan your next steps. It's an ideal course for you if you want to go on to either a BTEC or apprenticeship.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    No prior qualifications are needed

    Assessment Method

    Internal assessments and externally assessed portfolio

    Aims of the course

    To give you the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge within the Early Years sector.

    Progression Opportunities

    After this Explorer Programme you could progress on to further study on a BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Children's Care, Learning and Development or BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Children's Play, Learning and Development. You could also progress on to an apprenticeship in Children and Young People's Workforce (L2/L3); Children's Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) L3; Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard (L4) or Diploma for Residential Childcare (L3).


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    Career Options

    After further study or an apprenticeship, you can progress on to a range of careers in Early Years environments including day nurseries, schools, children's services and children in care situations.

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Mode Part Time
Duration 6 weeks
Start Date 01/11/2021
End Date 10/12/2021


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

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 150 p/year
24+ £150 p/year
International £600 p/year

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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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