Early Years and Primary Teaching Pathway - Level 3
Course Code: SE1FE342
Develop the skills and knowledge needed for a rewarding career as an early years practitioner. This two-year course covers all aspects of children’s learning and development, with a 750hour work placement providing valuable practical experience to support your chosen career aspirations. Previous students have been accepted for Norland Nanny School and ventured abroad as children’s resort representatives. The course also provides the required 168 UCAS points needed to progress to degree-level to study disciplines such as learning and teaching support, and/or to eventually qualify as a primary school teacher.
To be eligible for this course you need to have 4 GCSEs grade 9-4 (previously Grade A*-C)including English.
You also need GCSE Maths (minimum grade 3/D) or Functional Skills Maths at level 2.
You will also need to have a clear DBS as this is needed for your work placement.
A level 2 childcare qualification is desirable but not essential.
If you are a year 11 student applying for this programme, we will compare your GCSE results with the minimum target grades set for you by your school. This will help us decide whether this is your most suitable programme of study. Other students, including those from outside the area, will have an opportunity to discuss their qualifications and experience to make sure they too are studying at the right level. For some programmes, we might need to observe you carrying out certain practical tasks before we can make you an offer.
Teaching and Learning Methods
This is a full-time course, involving 3 days a week spent at College and 2 days a week on work placement in a childcare or nursery setting. We will also expect you to spend 3 hours a week on independent learning.
At College, teaching is delivered in groups and supported by group activities and discussions. One-to-one support is also provided to help with completing written assignments.
When you start the course we will assign you a progress tutor who will support you throughout your time here. Their role is to help you in setting academic and personal targets, identifying career plans, developing employability skills and monitoring your progress to make sure you realise your full potential.
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.