This qualification covers a range of key subject areas that provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to care for and educate children aged between 0 and 11 years 11 months old.
It has been designed to support learners to progress to Level 3 qualifications across a number of sectors, including the early years educator sector, the supporting teaching and learning sector, and the children and young people sector.
You need five GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, including a grade 3 (D) in Maths and English.
You will also need to provide evidence of good attendance, punctuality, self-motivation and a positive attitude to study.
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.
This qualification is made up of six mandatory units. Learners must complete all six units in order to achieve the qualification.
To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a minimum of a Pass grade in each of the six mandatory units. These units will be internally assessed and graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. In addition, learners will need to complete:
• A Professional Skills Record. This will be completed over a minimum of 120 hours of placement in a real work environment and will be assessed by the supervisor and Centre assessor in an early years and primary school setting.
• A synoptic short answer examination, which will be undertaken at the end of the qualification. This will be externally set and assessed, and will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.
This qualification allows progression to Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications relating to Childcare, Health and Social Care or Supporting Teaching and Learning.
This qualification is designed to assist entry to the workforce at Level 2 and may support progression into a range of job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors. Learners can progress in the workplace in a variety of job roles, such as:
• nursery assistant
• classroom assistant
• pre-school assistant
Taking a Level 3 course in Health and Social Care has left Derby College Student of the Year Lauren Hudson well prepared for a degree in nursing.
High-achieving Lauren, who has just left college with a distinction star, was thinking of studying for A-levels at sixth form but opted instead for the more hands-on course at the Roundhouse. As part of her course the Matlock teenager also gained valuable practical experience with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through the college's Employer Academy initiative.
One of her placements included working as a health care assistant at the Specialist Assessment & Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC) on London Road, where Lauren helped to assess older people who have had a fall. Lauren really enjoyed her time at Derby College.
She said she found the lecturers to be supportive, but at the same they gave students the freedom to learn independently. She added: "I'm looking forward to going university and I'd definitely recommend the Level 3 in Health and Social Care to anyone thinking of taking a nursing degree."
I'm pleased I took the Health and Social Care course as I think it is more suited to what I'm going to be doing on my nursing degree course at the University of Birmingham. Thanks to Derby College I feel well prepared for starting my degree this September.
For example, my college course included units which are directly related to nursing, such as public health and how to go about finding statistics.
These units are covered in my degree, obviously in much more depth than at college, but the knowledge I already have of them from my level 3 course will be useful.