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Early Years

What will I study?

We offer a range of courses in early years from level 1 to 3.

At Level 1 we offer a qualification which will develop your knowledge and awareness in a variety of settings within Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s sectors. You will learn about the roles played by workers, from professionalism, principles and values; through to health and safety and working with others. You will also have the opportunity to participate in work placement so that you gain a valuable insight into the roles and opportunities available in each sector.

Level 2 Full Time: At level 2 we offer a qualification which will prepare you to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years. You will study subjects such as the role of the early years practitioner, the role of all aspects of legislation within early years practice, supporting children's play and development. As part of the course you will attend work placement two days per week which will provide you with practical first-hand experience of the requirements of being an early years practitioner. Throughout the course and whilst on placement you will need to demonstrate competence in both knowledge and skills.

Level 2 Part Time: You will study the Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner. The qualification will prepare you to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years. You will study subjects as child and young peoples development, supporting children's play and development, promoting positive behaviour, supporting well being and healthy lifestyles, equality and diversity, partnership working, safeguarding, legislation and health and safety. You will attend college 3 hours a week and must have a minimum of 12 hours placement a week in a suitable setting and have a DBS.  A good standard of verbal and written English is also required to successfully complete the course. This course typically takes between  9 - 12 months to complete. 

At level 3 Full Time -we offer a qualification which will prepare you to become an Early Years Educator. This will enable you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. This qualification centres around four themes; health and well-being, legislation, frameworks and professional practice, play, development and learning for school readiness and lastly professional development. As part of the course you will attend work placement two days per week which will provide you with practical first-hand experience of the requirements of being an early years practitioner. Throughout the course and whilst on placement you will need to demonstrate competence in both knowledge and skills

Level 3 Part Time: You will study The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator. This qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. You will study subject that are part of four themes; Theme 1: Health and well being, Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice, Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness, Theme 4: Professional development. As part of the qualification you will need to complete a longitudinal study involving observing, assessing and planning for children's needs over an extended period of time. You will attend college 3 hours a week and must have a minimum of 15 hours placement a week in a suitable setting (ideally be employed) and have a DBS.  A good standard of verbal and written English is also required to successfully complete the course with learners also being required to either have or have achieved by the end of the course a Level 2 or equivalent in Maths and English. This course typically takes between 12 - 18 months to complete. 

Level 4 Part Time: You will study the Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner. This qualification is designed for experienced employed Level 3 Early Years Practitioners. You will study subjects including; enabling children to learn, promoting health and wellbeing, special educational needs and working with families implementing change. You will attend college 3 hours a week and must be employed as a Level 3 Early Years Practitioner. This course typically takes 9 months to complete. 

What will I study? (Apprenticeship)

We offer Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeships work workers in early years.

 

These Apprenticeship programmes are for individuals who work in early years’ settings with children aged 0 to 5 years. This can include nurseries, pre-schools or reception classes. As an early years’ apprentice you will support the development of babies and children through play and structured activities.  You will be expected to help meet their personal care needs, keep them safe and healthy and ensure that they feel happy and secure in your care.

 

The Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship Children and Young People’s Workforce (Early Years Practitioner) is for those working under supervision in the childcare setting.  You will learn about how children develop between the ages of 0 and 5 years, and how their development is monitored through child observations and assessments.  You develop the knowledge and skills to manage children’s behaviour, safeguard their well-being and understand the importance of treating children as diverse individuals.  You will develop the skills to plan children’s activities and how to keep children healthy and safe.  This Apprenticeship lasts for 13 months.

At level 3 we offer the Advanced Apprenticeships for the Early Years Educator.  This is a 20-month programme for age 18+ workers who work on their own or supervise others in the setting.  This framework ensures that the workers within the sector are knowledgeable, skilled, flexible and effective in developing and delivering high quality early years education and care.  You will build on your knowledge of child development, working with parents, curriculum and frameworks, children's health, behaviour, and professional practice standards. You will develop the knowledge and skills to work safely and safeguard the interests and rights of patients and clients.  You will also develop your knowledge of health and well-being, legislation, play, development and learning for school readiness and professional development.

There are no specific entry requirements for these Apprenticeships.  You will need to score the level below the Framework Functional Skills requirements in your English and Maths screening assessments.  If you do not have GCSE grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and/or ICT you will be required to complete your Functional Skills.

 

For the level 2 Apprenticeships you will be required to achieve level 1 English and Maths and progress to take your test for level 2.  You will also be required to achieve a Level 1 in ICT.

 

For the level 3 Apprenticeship you will be required to achieve level 2 English, Maths and ICT.

How will I be assessed?

At level 1- this course will be assessed by a variety of methods including coursework, knowledge based exams, case study projects, professional discussions, work placement and research projects.

 

At level 2-the course is internally assessed using a range of methods; including direct observation within work placement, written assignments, a portfolio of evidence and professional discussions.

At level 3-There are several components to this qualification. All units are mandatory and are internally assessed using a range of methods; including direct observation within work placement, written assignments, a portfolio of evidence and professional discussions. You will also complete four externally set assessments based around the four themes.

At Part Time Level 3 - The course is internally assessed using a range of methods including; direct observation, written assignments, work products, portfolio of evidence and professional discussion. Your assessor/trainer/tutor is responsible for ensuring the evidence provided meets the required standards through regular visits, contact and attendance in taught sessions. 

At Part Time Level 4 - The course is internally assessed using a range of methods including; written assignments, work products, reflective practice, portfolio of evidence and professional discussion. Your assessor/trainer/tutor is responsible for ensuring the evidence provided meets the required standards through regular visits, contact and attendance in taught sessions. 


How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

The Children and Young People’s Workforce Apprenticeships require you to undertake off the job learning for 20% of your working week.  This can be made up of classroom learning, learning in the work place and in shadowing, mentoring and supervision activities.  You will also complete distance learning and assignment completion and online learning activities. 

You will attend college to complete your Functional Skills. These will be assessed through online tests.

Your Assessor/Coach will visit you in the work place to undertake a variety of assessment activities such as observations, professional discussions, and review of your work products.  This is to ensure that your knowledge and skills development is evidenced consistently in your everyday practice.  It is assessing the integration of your theory into practice i.e. ‘your know how and know why.’ You will also be assessed through assignment work, written and oral questions. 

You will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the development of you your knowledge and competence.  This will be quality assured to ensure it is authentic, sufficient and valid before quality assurance from the external awarding organisation.

Your Assessor/Coach will review your learning and progress in relation to a series of defined milestones and keep you on track to progress and achieve as planned.

What will this lead to?

Following completion of the level 1 course you can progress to the level 2 Early Years Educator or the level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning.

Successfully completing the level 2 course is a stepping stone to the level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. For students who wish to enter into employment, possible careers would be Nursery Assistant • Classroom Assistant • Pre-school Assistant.

Successfully completing the level 3 qualification you will gain licence to practise and be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or progress to higher education. To progress into higher education there are a variety of courses available to you, including, BA Early Childhood, BA Childhood and Youth Studies, Primary Teaching. If it is employment that you are looking for, you can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, including, practitioner in day nurseries and nursery schools and pre-school worker.

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

Following the achievement of the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you will consolidate their knowledge and secure level 3 employment opportunities. You can then progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship.

On successful achievement of the Advanced Apprenticeship, you may progress from nursery assistant to nursery manager. Higher level study opportunities and a range of foundation degrees are available through UCO

Entry requirements

Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work

No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.

These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND).

Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability

English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3

 

GCSE Re-sit Study Programme

You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.

 

Vocational Level 1 Programme

English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.

 

Vocational Level 2 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.

 

Vocational Level 3 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English

How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

To register your interest - https://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - https://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 

Cost

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Cost (Apprenticeship)

Contribution Rules          

  • 16-18 Where the employer has under 50 employees and they are not a levy paying employer the learner is fully funded by the government, this rule also applies to 19-24 year old who are Care Leavers or in possession of an Educational Healthcare Plan
  • 16-18 Where the employer has 50 or more employees and they are not a levy payer there will be a 10% charge with the government paying the remaining 90%. The 10% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 16-18 Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme
  • 19+ All employers that are not a levy payers there will be a 10% charge with the government paying the remaining 90%. The 10% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 19+ Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme

Incentives

  • 16-18 The employer will receive £1,000 incentive, 50% at 90 days following enrolment and 50% at 365 days following enrolment assuming the student is still employed and active on the Apprenticeship. The employer will need to invoice the college for this at that time and confirm their eligibility to make the claims at that point. This applies to Apprenticeship Frameworks only and not new Standards.
  • 19-24 Where an employer has an Apprentice under the age of 25 where their earnings are below £43,000 per year the employer does not have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NIC's). Correct at the time of publication, check the HMRC section on gov.uk website

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

 

Overview

Title: Early Years

Faculty: Early Years and Education

Attendance Options: Apprenticeship, Full Time, Part Time

Delivery Method: Face-to-face

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