With a key focus on children's settings, care and development, this course is suitable for you if you want to start training for a caring role with children. It is also ideal if you are unsure about your future career and want to find out about caring work with adults in the health and social care sector.
All applicants are assessed on an individual basis and an interview is essential. You will need:
You will also need evidence of good attendance, punctuality, self-motivation and a positive attitude to study.
Topics and units include:
To support your main study programme, future progression and life skills, you will also study and develop your maths and English skills.
You will build a portfolio of work for assessment and will be assessed through a variety of methods including completing booklets, designing posters, creating displays, making resources, and working together as a team.
You need a ring binder, pen and paper.
There may also be educational visits across the year which involve a payment.
You will be able to progress to further NCFE CACHE childcare qualifications and the course is an ideal stepping stone to future learning and training.
The abilities and knowledge you gain on the course are transferable to a wide range of job areas.
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.