Early Years

Faculty of Early Years and Education

Attendance Options: Full Time, Part Time, Full Time

 

What will I study?

We offer childcare and education courses at Levels 2 and 3 which will provide you with the progression routes you need to work within this diverse sector.

Level 2 Full Time: You will gain the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 years, but in particular 0-5 years.

You will study subjects such as the role of the early years practitioner, how specific legislation fits within early years practice and supporting children's play and development.

As part of this course you will attend work placement two days per week which will provide you with practical, first-hand experience of the early years sector and help you develop your skills to become an Early Years Practitioner.

This is a knowledge and skills based qualification. You will complete coursework and undertake observations in your work placement setting.

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 0-5 years, with knowledge of children up to 7 years.

You will study subjects including child and young people's development, supporting children's play and development, promoting positive behaviour, supporting wellbeing 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. 

Level 3 Full Time - this qualification 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 wellbeing; legislation, frameworks and professional practice; play, development and learning for school readiness; 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 what it takes to be 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 you to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

You will study subjects around four themes: health and wellbeing; legislation, frameworks and professional practice; play, development and learning for school readiness; professional development.

As part of the qualification you will need to complete a 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 (you will 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 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 per week and must be employed as a Level 3 Early Years Practitioner. This course typically takes 9 months to complete. 


How will I be assessed?

Level 2: the course is internally assessed using a range of methods, including observations within work placement, written assignments, a portfolio of evidence and professional discussions.

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 externally set assessments.

Level 3 Part Time: 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 you provide meets the required standards through regular visits, contact and attendance in taught sessions. 

Level 4 Part Time: 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 Early Years 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 reviews of your work products. This is to ensure that your knowledge and skills development is evidenced consistently in your everyday practice. You will also be assessed through assignment work, written and oral questions. 

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.

You will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the development of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the standards and your diploma. This will be internal and externally quality assured.

The end point assessments for these standards are a professional discussion and an online situational judgement test.

 


What will this lead to?

Successfully completing the Level 2 Full Time course is a stepping stone to the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification, or to our new and exciting T Level in Education and Childcare.

For students who wish to enter into employment, this qualification also provides you with a license to practice and will allow you to apply for Nursery Assistant, Classroom Assistant and Pre-school Assistant roles.

Successfully completing the Level 3 Full Time qualification will give you the license to practice and enter the workforce as Early Years Practitioner or progress to higher education.

There are a variety of higher education courses available to you, including, BA Early Childhood, BA Childhood and Youth Studies, and Primary Teaching.

If you're looking for employment, you can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, including day nursery practitioner, nursery school practitioner and pre-school worker.


What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

Following the achievement of the Level 2 Apprenticeship, you will be able to gain secure Level 3 employment opportunities. At this point, you can progress onto the Level 3 Early Years Educator Standard.

On successful achievement of the Level 3 Apprenticeship, you may progress from nursery assistant to nursery manager. The level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Early Years is one potential progression route in work.  Higher level study opportunities and a range of foundation degrees are available through University Campus Oldham, our higher education provision. 


Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
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). 

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

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & Maths assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both English and Maths

T Level 
Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 5 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject.

 

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 - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - http://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.

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

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.