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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, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

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

    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 36 weeks
Start Date 05/09/2022
End Date 30/06/2023
Course Code 3EYAC9S0


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

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 994 p/year
24+ Please Enquire
International £9,000 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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"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."

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