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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a two-year technical study programme, designed with employers to give young people the skills that the childcare and education sector needs. It will provide a mixture of:

  • Technical knowledge and skills
  • An industry placement of at least 45 days in childcare settings, with a minimum of 750 hours
  • Relevant maths, English and digital skills

This course is delivered at the Broomfield Hall campus in a new bespoke learning environment where students can develop and practise the skills required to work in the sector.

Entry requirements

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English and Maths.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Core knowledge and skills relevant to the childcare and education sector, for example child development and supporting education
  • Occupation-specific specialist skills and knowledge

In Year 1 you will study 12 core elements and in Year 2 you will further develop your knowledge and skills through a chosen specific pathway.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a variety of methods such as external exam, controlled assessments, employer-led set project and synoptically through practical assignments.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You could consider a higher level apprenticeship or a higher education degree in a subject such as Primary Education.

 

Careers

  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Nursery Nurse

 

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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James Bates

James Bates

Foundation degree “great stop gap” for prospective teacher James

Former DCG student James Bates plans to train as a primary school teacher once he has finished his top up degree at the University of Derby.
 
James, who is 23 and from Belper, progressed to a degree in Early Childhood Studies after getting a distinction in his foundation course in Children and Young People’s Services at the Roundhouse.
 
James said  taking the three-year foundation course had been a “great stop gap” between school and university.
 
He added: “A lot of what I learned at Derby College keeps cropping up on my degree course.
 
“If I’d gone to university straight from school, I think I would have struggled with the academic writing. I know I would have found that side so much harder.”
 
James did an apprenticeship in school sports before College, and because his foundation course was part-time, carried on working at a local primary school three days a week. He was also able to work for the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership which promotes sports in schools across the Dales and Hope Valley.
 
James is continuing to work as a Teaching Assistant and for the partnership while studying for his degree. As part of his College studies, James wrote an essay on the impact of Covid-19 on the role of  teaching assistants.

A lot of what I learned at Derby College keeps cropping up on my degree course.


If I’d gone to university straight from school, I think I would have struggled with the academic writing. I know I would have found that side so much harder.


 

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