Make the most of these extraordinary times and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. A short online course is a significant first step to improving your skills and achieving your career goals.
Our Early Years department has an excellent track record of student progression to employment or university. You’ll learn about caring for children from birth to seven years of age, linking classroom theory with hands-on experience through regular work placements.
- Fantastic links with local hospitals, pre-schools and schools
- Strong links with local charities, including Link Hope
- Inspirational guest speakers
- High progression rate to employment
- Experience visits to forest and beach schools, ice-skating and the Nursery World exhibition in London
At least 3 GCSEs at grade 3 (D/E) or above, including English and maths. Plus two references; at least one from working with children and an enhanced DBS. If you do not qualify for Level 2, you can start on our Level 1 Early Years & Childcare course and then progress to Level 2 after that.
Upon completion, you can continue on to the Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Childcare and Education or start an apprenticeship. Alternatively, you can seek employment, with a licence to practise at Level 2.
Future careers include:
- Nursery worker
- Nursery nurse
- Teaching assistant
- Primary school teacher
- Social worker
- Children’s holiday rep
You will be assessed throughout your course via practical activity observations, academic coursework and industry placements. Assessments are based around ‘real-life’ projects and industry or workplace scenarios including work experience. Your final grade will be awarded as pass, merit or distinction.
*FREE* Online short courses
The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.
How to apply
Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.
HOW THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORKS
Set Up Your Account
You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.
Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.
Application Review Meeting
Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.
Accept Your Place
Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.
Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.