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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Adult Loan Amount: 2882.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This qualification is recognised throughout the UK by both employers and universities as a high level qualification.

When undertaken as a two-year programme of study with the Year Two Advanced Diploma, it is widely accepted for entry to universities and for employment as a fully licensed practitioner.  

As well as classroom-based learning, a large part of your studies will be spent on a work placement where you will develop your practical skills.

Entry requirements

You must have attained five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Maths (grade 4 or above).

You must be willing to provide evidence for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which will have to be self-funded.
 
You also need to provide two professional references.

Course Content

You will study at College for three days a week and will spend the other two days on placement within an Early Years setting. At College, you will cover units centred on four key themes:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Professional development
During your work placement, you will be required to carry out activities and tasks which include child observations, activity plans and reflective diaries.

How will I be assessed?

Each unit is assessed separately through a variety of methods including portfolios, assignments, presentations, displays and a controlled assessment (a piece of work completed under exam conditions over a period of time).

Your practical skills will also be assessed in your work placement.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need flat shoes and smart trousers and you should purchase a placement top from College.

You should also have an A4 ring folder, pens and paper. In addition, you will need to pay for your DBS check.

From time to time there may also be educational visits, which would incur a (subsidised) cost.

What can I do after this course?

Further study

The course forms the first year of a two-year programme of study. After completion of the Certificate, you will need to enrol on the second year (Diploma) part in order to gain a licence to practise in an Early Years setting, or to progress to university.
 
Once you have completed both years and gained both the Certificate and Diploma, you can progress to degree-level programmes in subjects such as Primary School Teaching and Children’s Nursing. The course also provides a route to the Foundation Degree in Children’s and Young People’s Services which is delivered at Derby College in partnership with the University of Derby. The Foundation Degree gives you the opportunity to specialise in a Teaching Assistant or Early Years pathway. You could also consider the Foundation Degree in SEND.
 
Careers
 
After completing this Certificate in Year One and then gaining the Diploma in Year Two, you will be fully qualified to work with children in Childcare and Early Years settings in roles such as:
  • Early Years/Foundation Stage Practitioner
  • Special Educational Needs Support Worker
  • Nanny/Home-based Child Carer
  • Children’s Centre Practitioner

 

 

 

 

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Melissa Smedley

Melissa Smedley

Higher education student Melissa would like a career in play therapy

Derby College Early Years higher education student Melissa Smedley would like to train as a play therapist once she’s graduated.
 
Melissa, who is completing her foundation degree in Children and Young People's Services, has been studying at the college since she was 16.
 
A natural with young children, she cared for her little brother who has special needs from the age of 13 and has always wanted to go into childcare.
 
And, getting an A grade in Child Development while still in year 10 at school, convinced Melissa she was making the right choice.
 
She said: “I’m the sort of person who needs to know what I’m aiming for. I couldn’t do years of study just for the sake of it.
 
“I was quite a nervous, anxious person but going to college has done so much for my confidence. My lecturer Mandy at Ilkeston was the one who started me off by encouraging me, and the lecturers I have now have also given me some support. I was feeling a bit nervous about moving from Ilkeston to a different campus when I started my foundation degree but my lecturer Amber met me at The Roundhouse and helped me find my way around.”
 
Melissa – who has been accepted on to the top up degree course at Derby University – currently balances studying with working at Busy Bees nursery in Wollaton. She’s been there for three years and was recently promoted to senior room manager, looking after babies aged from three months to one year.
 
Reflecting on the HE course content, she added: “What we learn is all relatable and, when you’re interested in what you’re learning, it keeps you occupied and motivated. My big interest is in forest school and outdoor play. I can’t believe I’ve been with Derby College since I was 16! I’ve come so far with college. I’m the first person in my family to get this far – to  degree level – in my education.”

I was quite a nervous, anxious person but going to college has done so much for my confidence. My lecturer Mandy at Ilkeston was the one who started me off by encouraging me, and the lecturers I have now have also given me some support. I was feeling a bit nervous about moving from Ilkeston to a different campus when I started my foundation degree but my lecturer Amber met me at The Roundhouse and helped me find my way around.

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