This is a two year course that will give you a huge range of experience in child care and education. It will extend both your knowledge and practical skills and in addition, will build your communication, teamwork and study skills. It provides you with knowledge of children from birth to 7 years and practical experience from birth to five years. The qualification enables you to work across a variety of childcare settings. In year 1 you will attend a nursery setting and then a school setting. In year 2 you will have nursery placement that has a baby room; you have a choice for your second placement which could be school or nursery. You will carry out at least 750 hours of placement at 4 different settings. You will be at college for 2 1/2 days and placement for 2 days a week for the whole course. To achieve the Diploma it is a 2 year course; to progress to second year you must be successful in the first year. Ofsted say "The standard of learners’ work is excellent, preparing learners extremely well for employment or to progress to higher education."
Level 3 Award (Yr 1) may progress to the Level 3 Diploma (Yr 2) subject to recommendation. Access to Higher Education programmes e.g. teaching, early childhood studies, social work degrees. Employment: nurseries, primary schools, teaching assistant, family homes and holiday rep.
You will study 15 units over the two years, which include: Child development from conception to 7 years; Children's health and well-being; Play and learning; Observation of children; Supporting emergent literacy and mathematics; Preparing for school readiness; International Perspectives; Reflective Practice; Professional Partnerships. Units 8 & 15 are Professional Practice units, which will require you to be observed in placement, collate practice evidence, plan and undertake a range of activities in which you are assessed. You will be planning and leading a range of activities in placement across the age ranges. Ofsted reported that "Learners enjoy their lessons, which are highly relevant and interesting. They often contribute examples of their own experiences from their well-organised work placements." Work placement is an essential part of your course, where you have the choice to choose to carry out extra hours or gain extra responsibilities to help your development.
Ofsted say "Highly qualified and experienced teachers passionately promote the college’s ethos of changing lives through learning. They have very high expectations of their learners" Teaching and learning methods include, practical classes, group and individual work, lectures, project work, self-study, study trips. We actively use information and learning technology (ILT) to support your study, this includes chi-online, planet e-stream and facebook groups. Ofsted 2014: "Learners use ILT ve
You will be assessed by a variety of internal and external assessments, as well as in your placement setting. All units are graded A* to D; where internally you will have two chances to gain the grade you would like. Assessments include academic writing, presentations, activity planning and a creative portfolio of evidence. In placement you will be also be observed by an assessor, who will set work to develop your confidence in practice. You will complete 2 externally marked assignments (5000 words each); one in each year.