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Course overview

This course leads to a widely recognised national qualification, for those who wish to care for children from 0-8 years, and to open a line of progression to higher education such as primary teaching, social work, paediatric nursing and midwifery. This is an advanced level course, which includes at least 750 hours of work experience placements in nurseries, reception and infant classes, and other early year's settings. The aim of the course is to equip you with both knowledge and skills to care for young children in a wide variety of settings (day nurseries, children's centres, reception class, infant class, nursery class, special school, child-minders, and family refuge centres) so the content reflects the breadth of work opportunities.

This two-year Level 3 qualification provides you with 'Early Years Educator' status once a successful pass grade has been achieved. It will give you the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to prepare you for employment. The BTEC National Extended Diploma offers a focused qualification for people who wish to follow a programme of study that is directly related to their work experience.

What else do I need to know?

You will have opportunities to develop skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life. As you will be working with children you will need to have a clearance form which is called a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) in order to ensure the safety of the vulnerable children and young adults that you will come into contact with. Please discuss this with your interviewing tutor.

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements are a minimum of 4 GCSE's at grade 4 or above, in subjects that are relevant to the course you'd like to study, including English Language. Alongside your course you can study Maths if you do not achieve a grade 4 at GCSE.

How is it assessed?

Your progress is mainly assessed during the course, through your assignments, practical work, project work and responses to case studies. You will also be required to pass an examination to achieve your certificate at the end of your course. In addition to your tutors’ assessment you will develop the ability to carry out your own evaluation of your success. Having provided evidence in these ways to show that you are competent in each unit you gain a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

Successful students may wish to pursue further study at university level and gain entry into professional sectors such as teaching, social work etc. There are rewarding jobs in both the public and private sector in private nurseries, nursery classes, children’s centres, health centres and private families. There are also posts available in infant and special schools.

How do I find out more?

For more information contact Maggie Daniels, Curriculum Leader in Early Years by emailing maggie.daniels@nscg.ac.uk or calling 01782 254221

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