Funding and bursaries
Students if you’re aged over 19 you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 023 8087 4874.
Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.
Three GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English and maths, or a Merit or Distinction at BTEC Level 2. A placement of at least five days in a childcare setting, with a positive report of progress, is desirable. A Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check is also required.
What will I learn?
This diploma prepares you to work as an early years practitioner with children in a range of settings. You will:
Advance your knowledge and understanding in the area of child, health and social care
Develop a range of advanced transferable skills for the sector
Gain relevant work experience for your future progression
You’ll be required to undertake 350 hours of placement during the year. These are done in a variety of childcare settings, covering different age groups.
You’ll study a wide variety of topics as part of this course. Modules may include:
Meeting children’s physical development and care
Health & safety in early years settings
Keeping children safe
Working with parents and others
Play and learning
Observation assessment and planning
Other units will be available.
Written assignments and practical observation in your work placements, plus one exam and one externally assessed research task.
Practical childcare activities such as learning to babysit and first aid qualifications may be available.
Career and Progression
Completing this National Diploma means you can work as a licensed practitioner with children in nurseries, crèches, reception classes or pre-schools. You could also work as a home-based childcare worker or nanny. Other options include going to university to study teacher training.
What our students say
Last year I did a rap/grime set as part of a label launch at The Talking Heads which was a mind-blowing and memorable experience. At Totton College the course is fluid so you can really tailor your learning; I’ve been able to combine performance with music tech.
Level 3 Music student at Totton College