About the course
This one year course is aimed at those interested in a career in the childcare industry but don't have the right qualifications to progress. The course will cover all essential material for a potential career with children and young people - such as primary school teacher, higher level teaching assistant or nursery practitioner. During the course you will be supported and helped with study skills such as essay writing techniques. The course is planned over 3 days a week at the college, tailored around family friendly hours 9.30 - 2.30pm.
You can then progress on to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies at West Suffolk College.
There are no formal entry requirements but it should be noted that GCSE maths, English and Science are required for primary school teaching. A good level of English writing ability is required to cope with the demands of the course.
This course will give you an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Childcare which is recognised by most universities as suitable entry requirements for primary school teaching or degrees in childhood studies.
What you'll learn (core modules)
All areas of childcare are studied - children's holistic development, safeguarding, curriculum frameworks, working in partnership with others as well as practical childcare skills, observing children to meet their needs, study skills and research skills to prepare for higher education.
How will I be assessed?
A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course from essays to evidence portfolios, posters, presentations and short controlled assessments.
Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)
The course is delivered at West Suffolk College.
Where will this course take me?
This course is a valuable stepping stone onto Higher Education, for example, our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies for those wishing to become primary school teachers. It is a suitable course for those interested in social work or nursing as well. Alternatively, for those wishing to move into employment, this course would be excellent foundations for an apprenticeship in nursery practice.
How much will it cost?
There is a cost for the Access to HE diplomas. Students can apply for the Advanced Learner Loan to cover this cost. If you then progress onto a degree course, this loan is written off at no cost to the student.
If you need help with funding
Please contact the college for further advice and guidance. This course is eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
For informal queries please contact Rachel Boast, 01284 716 546 or pop into college and speak to one of the Student Futures team. Alternatively, go right ahead and apply online. You will then be invited to interview where you will have opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.
Days & times
Tuesday 09:30 - 14:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 13:45
Thursday 09:30 - 14:30