This one year (34 weeks) advanced level course takes place at Chelsea Centre two days a week – Thursday and Friday. You will study all aspects of early years practice from keeping children safe to legislation and theoretical perspectives.
You will be required to complete 350 hours in placement or work ( 12 hours or 2 days a week), you need to demonstrate competence in work with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, you will be supported in achieving this. You will also undertake a longitudinal study of two children from 2 different age ranges.
What background and qualifications do you need?
You need good English to take the course, and a level 2 in early years or its equivalent.
What does the course lead to?
The course gives you a ‘license to practice’ which means you can work unsupervised and manage or lead a room or setting. After one year of practice you can apply for the Advanced practitioner level 4 or the Foundation Degree in early years.
Where will I study?
See Campus / Times Details above
What are the facilities and equipment like?
The course is run in a dedicated classroom. It has computers for all students to use. You can also bring in your laptop. The college has a library/study centre where you can work in silence or small groups. You also have access to its books and ebooks.
How much should I study outside class?
You should be studying around 15 hours outside class contact time. Certain times of the year may mean you have to study for longer hours. Students who do best work many hours on assignments outside the classroom.
How is the course assessed?
The course is assessed throughout the year. There are 20 assessed assignments. These could be an essay, report, or a presentation or piece of group work . All pieces of work are at level 3.
You will be assessed in your placement or work by our professional assessor to ensure you are implementing the best practice you are learning in college. You will have 4 assessments throughout the year.
Are course materials available online?
Lecturers make full use of moodle where you can assess materials to support you on the course. This is available both inside and outside college.
What books and equipment do I need?
You will need to buy two books to support you throughout the course. You also should be reading widely outside the course such as broadsheets and journals (EYE and Nursery World). You will also need to buy two lever arch folders, plastic wallets, paper and general stationery.