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Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) CACHE Diploma Level 3

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

    If you’re thinking about a career as a Primary School Teacher, an Early Years Educator, a Nurse or a Social Worker, then this course can get you started.

    You will learn about child education, community health and other aspects of working with children.

    Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.

    On alternate weeks, you’ll have the fantastic opportunity to work with children aged 0-8 years on a work placement, which is a mandatory requirement of the course.

    CACHE is the UK’s only specialist awarding organisation for the children, adult and health care sectors. In 2014, over 150,000 learners from more than 1,000 centres (both in the UK and overseas) registered with CACHE.
  • What you'll learn

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    The units you will be studying during this course include:
    ? Introduction to Working with Children
    ? Development from Conception to Age 16 Years
    ? Supporting Children
    ? Keeping Children Safe
    ? The Principles Underpinning the Role of the Practitioner

    We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3

    You may also be able to study Functional Skills and you will have the valuable option of obtaining extra qualifications such as First Aid.

    Work experience placements take place every other week throughout the course in nurseries, nursery classes, primary schools and special units, and these will link what you learn in College with practical experience.
  • Entry requirements

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    We ask that you have at least four GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A-C), including English Language and Maths. We’ll also ask you to attend an interview and provide us with a satisfactory school reference.

    You’ll need an enthusiastic approach to your studies, excellent attendance at school or your last place of study, and a clear DBS checks.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be assessed through a portfolio of written work and practical assessment in the workplace. You will also need to undertake, in both years one and two, an externally marked extended project.
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services.
    These include
    • FREE travel

    • FREE breakfast

    • dedicated Learning Development Mentors

    • impartial advice and guidance

    • dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs

    • support with the cost of College

    plus much more.
  • Future opportunities

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    After you have completed the course you could progress on to a higher education course at College or university, or explore the possibility of doing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4).

    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting

    A Nursery Manager where you can earn between £22,000 and £30,000 a year, depending on experience.
    A Child & Early Years Officer earns £25,000 a year on average
    A Primary Teacher can earn an average of £36,000 a year.
  • Gifted and Talented Programme

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    If you're a potentially high-achieving learner, capable of exceeding your targets, we will stretch and challenge you by providing the opportunity for you to study additional qualifications, with support in place to
    complement your study programme experience.

    The College recognises the need to reward your hard work, dedication and achievement as well as good attendance and punctuality.

    The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre is now part of the University Of Bolton Group and students can undertake a range of activities including kayaking, canoeing, archery and much more; if you work hard, there's a good chance you could enjoy these activities too.
  • How to apply?

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    Submit an application online by visiting our application form or by clicking on the Apply Now button.
  • Open Events

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    Discover what Bolton College has to offer by attending one of our Open Events:
    • Thursday 17th October 2019, 5.30pm-8pm

    • Wednesday 20th November 2019, 5.30pm-8pm

    • Tuesday 4th February 2020, 5.30pm-8pm

    Click here to learn more or to register your attendance for one of our Open Events.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00
    12.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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