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Early Years

This course is designed for people who want to work with children and young people, preparing them for employment within Early Years and play work settings, or as a teaching assistant. The course has been developed with input from professionals working within the sector to ensure that it is industry relevant. You will study a range of units including Academic Study Skills; Child Development: Early Years; Child Development 8+; Equality and Diversity in Practice; Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning; The Curriculum Early Years, Work Related Learning; Atypical Development; Professional Developmen; Safeguarding; The Curriculum 7 years+; Work-Based Learning; and Working with Parents and Families. Students who start on this course must already be in a paid or voluntary placement in a childcare related setting. This will provide you with the opportunity to experience the real working environment within your chosen setting.

The validating body for this course is NCG

Please note: If you have successfully completed a Level 3 course at the College and want to progress to an HE course, you don't need to complete a UCAS application. Use the 'Apply' button to apply direct to the College.

Entry Requirements

70-80 UCAS points GCSE English and maths at grades A*-C/9-4 To apply for this course you must be aged 18 or over on 31 August in the year when you will start the course

  • Unit breakdown, Progression & More...

    Assessment Method

    You will learn through a dynamic mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work, reflective accounts and research, and be expected to devote approximately 12 hours per week to independent study. You will be assessed through research projects, presentations, examinations and assignments such as a personal development portfolio collated using examples from your work placement.

    Aims of the course

    To give you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to work within an Early Years or play work setting, or as a teaching assistant

    Progression Opportunities

    You will be able to progress on to further study (such as a top-up degree), or directly into employment as a nursery nurse, advisor, family support worker or teaching assistant.


    You'll learn at our £41m state-of-the-art campus which offers an innovative learning environment and specialised facilities.

    Career Options

    Possible job roles include nursery nurse, advisor and family support worker, and teaching assistant within primary and secondary education, as well as positions in voluntary, statutory and private services for children and young people.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 2 years
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 02/07/2021


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

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 6,165 p/year
24+ £6,165 p/year
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