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Award in Caring for Children - Level 1


This is a Level 1 course that will develop your skills and knowledge in preparation for a career within childcare.

An opportunity to attend a work placement working with young children will be undertaken in terms 2/3..

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Entry requirements

  • This course is only available to those aged 16-18 years
  • Four GCSEs with at least grade 2/E, including English language and ideally maths; or
  • Entry Level qualification with appropriate English and maths skills.
  • You will be required to undertake a DBS check that the college will fund prior to any placement. Any reprimands, cautions, warnings, convictions or ASBOs may affect your chances of securing a work placement.

You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)4702A1356FREE£500.00** EApply
Sep 20221 yr(s)4702A1356FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

One year.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a range of methods including written assignments, booklets, posters and a report from your work placement.

What does the course lead to?

Upon successful completion you could progress to the Level 2 Certificate in working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings or other related Level 2 courses available at the college. You could also gain employment as an assistant in an early years care setting.

What will I study?

  • Human growth and development
  • Finding out about Forest Schools
  • Health and safety when working with young children
  • Music, science and craft activities for young children
  • Understanding learning and development through play

You will start to gain the skills required to work with young children by attending a work placement allocated to you.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How do I apply?

Apply online


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