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Schools 14-16 - Combined Level 1/2 Award in Child Development & Care and Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social Care

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Level: 2

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Delivered over two years, in years 10 and 11; this course provides an introduction to Health and Social Care and Early Years and will develop your knowledge and awareness of these sectors. It will support progression onto further study in Health and Social Care or Early Years and develop transferable personal and employability skills.

Entry requirements

You should have a desire to work with people, either adults or children and an interest in the sectors. You need a basic level of literacy and numeracy skills and be able to organise your written work in to your portfolio.

Course Content

You will undertake units that will help you understand the range of service provision and roles within Health and social Care and Early Years as well as specific units relating to working with adults and children in the sector.

These include:

  • Communication with adults and children
  • Creative and leisure activities for adults in health and social care
  • Carrying out an individual project
  • Personal care health and social care
  • Child development
  • Creative activities with children
  • Importance of play for children
  • and much more…….

How will I be assessed?

The course is continuously assessed using a wide range of methods including, projects, assessments and displays. All coursework will be compiled to build a portfolio.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Yes - There will be a registration fee.

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the qualification and depending on the grades achieved, learners may wish to progress on to further study, such as:

  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Childcare (Early Years) or Health and Social Care
  • An Apprenticeship Programme at level 2 or 3.

Further study can lead to a variety of careers within the Care industry, including play worker, teaching assistant, nursery manager or a care worker.


(These qualifications are on the Department of Education headline performance measures in the technical award category).


This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

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Harli-Marie Richards

Harli-Marie Richards

Exploring the rewards of a childcare career

Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus.

Before embarking on her apprenticeship, Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.

It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.
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