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Early Years and Education

If you want to work with children in an early years or education setting, these courses will help you to get a head start in this rewarding sector. 

Whether you want to work in a nursery or Children’s Centre, become a nanny, or maybe a teaching assistant in a school, having a recognised qualification will be essential. 

Our courses range from Level 1 to Level 5 (university-level study) so you could progress right through to degree-level with us. You’ll be based in our brand new City Hub and programmes include a mix of classroom learning, practical assessments, visits and placements. 

Level 3 courses will lead to early years educator status, which is the gold standard’ for the early years workforce. These courses also contain an extended work placement.

Most courses include work experience, and we have extensive links with local schools and nurseries. You can also study early years courses through an apprenticeship route in the workplace. 

After you complete your qualification you could apply for a job in industry or progress to our foundation degrees in early years studies or supporting teaching and learning in schools.

You can download a course or apprenticeship guide here.

DBS Check

Our Level 2 and 3 students and some Level 1 students will complete a placement in a nursery or a school and in order to do this you will need to have a DBS which shows that you are safe to work with children. 

To receive a DBS Certificate, you will need to complete an application (we will help you with this, don’t worry) and you need to provide identification. 

You will need two of the following: 

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Full or provisional driving licence 

You will also need to provide us with your proof of address that is on a bank statement or a benefit letter with your name on it. 

Please do your best to have the ID ready before you start your course. 

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BA (Hons) Applied Education Studies Degree (Level 6) - Full-time

This degree programme is a great option for anyone who is interested in working in the education sector but may be unsure which career route they would like to take.

BA (Hons) Early Years, Education and Care (Level 6) - Full-time

Make a real difference to the lives of young children and their families.

Education and Care of Young Children (Entry Level Foundation Certificate) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want to work with children but feel worried about taking the first steps onto a course which has a placement/work experience or if you like the sound of a smaller group with lots of…

FdA Early Years Studies Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Part-time

This course is designed for people working in the early years’ sector and wish to progress to work as a senior practitioner or on to an early years’ teacher training course.

FdA Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Part-time

If you’re currently working in a school in Key Stage One or Two, this course will allow you to progress your career towards Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).

Introducing Caring for Children and Young People (TQUK Level 2 Certificate) (19+) - Online Learning

This qualification covers the responsibilities of being a parent and also covers the skills needed when babysitting

Introduction to Caring for Children (Level 1) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you like working with children, want to pursue a career in Early Years and are looking to gain the skills to achieve this.

Principles of Internet Safety (CPD) - Online Learning

This course aims to increase awareness of e-safety and improve knowledge of the dangers online when using the internet.

Safeguarding Adults and Children (CPD) - Online Learning

This online course aims to give you the knowledge you need to understand the impact of and key issues surrounding the safeguarding of adults and children. This includes how to recognise, respond to and reduce the likelihood of abuse.

Supporting Teaching and Learning (NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma) - Part-time

This course is the next step on from the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning and will support you to enhance your understanding and your professional practice in the classroom.

Supporting Teaching and Learning (NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate) - Part-time

If you find supporting children and young people learn in the classroom enjoyable and rewarding, this is the course for you.

T Level in Education and Early Years (Level 3) (16-18) - Full-time

A T Level is a nationally-recognised qualification that gives you a new choice to consider after GCSEs and are an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses.

Understanding Autism (NCFE Level 2 Certificate) - Part-time

This course will help you develop your understanding of autism and learn ways of supporting individuals with autism.

Understanding Behaviour that Challenges (NCFE Level 2 Certificate) - Part-time

This course is perfect for anyone who works directly with children and young people or if you are interested in supporting behaviour that challenges.

Understanding Children & Young People's Mental Health (NCFE Level 2 Certificate) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you work with children or young people in any capacity and you are interested in learning about mental health in general and looking for strategies to support positive mental health.

Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (TQUK Level 2 Certificate) (19+) - Online Learning

This qualification aims to give you knowledge of different Specific Learning Difficulties, how they are diagnosed and how individuals can be supported.

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