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Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, or Teaching Assistants as they are known, you would be working under the direction of a teacher, contributing to preparing the classroom for learning activities, working with groups of, and individual pupils, who require extra support.

Entry Requirements:

In order to complete this Apprenticeship you will be expected to complete an initial assessment in maths and English to ensure you are at a suitable level to work towards these qualifications. Some employers will specify their own minimum qualification entry requirements, which would be detailed within their Apprenticeship vacancy.

What does the course involve:

To achieve this Apprenticeship you will complete the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

As part of the Apprenticeship framework you will also study further qualifications in English, maths & ICT (if required) as well as Employer Rights & Responsibility and Personal Learning & Thinking Skills.

How is the course assessed:

Apprentices in Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools are assessed predominantly within the workplace, demonstrating your competency through doing your job and covering your knowledge through theoretical sessions in a variety of ways including one to one tutorials and on-line learning. If you need to complete your functional skills, then some college attendance will be required.

Additional Notes:

Typically this takes between 12-18 months to complete, depending on your previous knowledge and experience.

What do I do next?:

To be an apprentice you will need an employer who can offer you work and release you for your training. Once you have an employer in place, you can apply online. If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring the Apprenticeship Team on 01743 260400 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

This course prepares you to become Early Years Educators, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5-7 yrs. After completion of the course you will be able to enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator or access Higher Education.

Entry Requirements:

You will need at least 5 academic GCSEs including English and Maths at a grade 4 or above, or a CACHE level 2 Diploma plus Functional Skills at level 2. You will have a positive outlook to studying and a clear DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

Disclosure and Barring Service: The College is a registered body under the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and will enable students to apply for a Disclosure check. The College will ask for DBS registration for students on this course. If you are applying for a place you need to be aware that you should be willing to discuss previous convictions, reprimands, cautions or final warnings prior to enrolling on the course. This will allow us to provide you with appropriate information, advice and guidance on an individual basis.

What does the course involve:

The course will involve 750 placement hours. You will study 8 units in Year 1 and 7 units in Year 2 of the course, including Play and Learning, Assessment and Observation and Development.

How is the course assessed:

Through written assessment plus 2 external assessments. There are 15 units across the 2 year programme.

Open For Applications: Yes
Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

If you wish to work with children and young people you are entering the exciting and developing world of Child Care and Education. The staff are committed to creating and supporting a world-class children’s workforce.

This qualification prepares you to work in a supervised capacity with children and their families in a variety of settings and environments within the sector of Children’s Services. Successful students can progress onto the Level 3 Early Years programme, or gain employment working with children and young people.

Entry Requirements:

You need to have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English Language (at grade 4), or a level 1 qualification in Health and Social Care or Childcare. You will need to complete a DBS check within the first 6 weeks of the course as you will be required to complete a work placement.

Disclosure and Barring Service: The College is a registered body under the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and will enable students to apply for a Disclosure check. The College will ask for DBS registration for students on this course.

If you are applying for a place you need to be aware that you should be willing to discuss previous convictions, reprimands, cautions or final warnings prior to enrolling on the course. This will allow us to provide you with appropriate information, advice and guidance on an individual basis.

What does the course involve:
  • Covers the age range birth to 7 years in coursework.
  • Covers the age range birth to 5 years in placement.
  • You will spend 3 days in college and 2 days in a vocational practice placement.
  • You will need to show competence in both knowledge and workplace skills.

The course covers child development, personal development, nutrition, communication, safeguarding, health and safety and first aid.

How is the course assessed:

All units are internally assessed. Assessment enables the learner’s placement to provide evidence for the qualification.

Methods of assessment may include:

  • Direct observation
  • Reflection on own practice
  • Written assignments
  • Plans and written records
  • Tasks

The qualification is a pass or refer and all the assessment criteria of the units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass.

How much does it cost:

The full time programme is free. If you are over 19 years please speak to Admissions.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?: For the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Childcare (Early Years Education) you would possibly be working in a supervisory role (but not necessarily) within a nursery/early learning and childcare setting, providing care for young children or delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage within a maintained school setting. Job roles include: Nursery Worker / Supervisor; Nursery Nurse / Nursery Teaching Assistant.
Entry Requirements: There are no formal entry requirements for an apprenticeship, however, you will be expected to complete an initial assessment in maths and English to ensure you are at a suitable level to work towards these qualifications. Please note, employers sometimes stipulate their own entry requirements which would be detailed against their specific vacancy.
What does the course involve: There is one main qualification in this apprenticeship, level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator). In addition, you will also study further qualifications, with GCSE grades A* - C in English, maths and ICT a mandatory part of this apprenticeship. Employer Rights & Responsibilities and Personal Learning & Thinking Skills are also included.
How is the course assessed: Apprentices in Childcare (Early Years Education) are assessed predominantly within the workplace, demonstrating your competency through doing your job and covering your knowledge through theoretical sessions in a variety of ways including one to one tutorials and online learning. If you need to complete your GCSE’s, then college attendance will be required.
How much does it cost: The apprenticeship training programme is fully funded for 16 – 18 year olds. For apprentices aged 19 years and over, your employer may be required to contribute towards the training costs.
Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

Health, Social and Child Care is a growth area in employment opportunities. This Level 1 course will start you on an exciting journey towards a fulfilling career working with people.

The course is career related and is open to students who wish to:

  • Obtain employment as assistants in Health & Social Care or Child Care settings
  • Progress to Level 2
  • Gain maths and English GCSEs
  • Develop Social Skills, Caring Skills and Childcare Skills
  • Gain a positive learning experience with like-minded fellow students.
Entry Requirements:
  • You will have achieved GCSE English or level 1 Literacy 
  • You will need to demonstrate your ability to maintain good attendance and punctuality
  • You will need to be able to demonstrate positive communication skills and behaviour
What does the course involve:

The course involves a variety of units. You will study Health & Social Care, Childcare and related units, all of which are designed to give you the skills and knowledge you will need to progress academically or to go into work such as human life span development.

How is the course assessed:

The College uses a range of assessment approaches, for example, you might be involved in producing an assessed portfolio, completing written assignments, or creating assessed visual work.

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