This is a one year course that develops an understanding of working in a range of caring professions and environments and will support you in developing a strong understanding of how you would like to progress with your journey in the caring sector . The course gives you the opportunity to explore and develop both personally and professionally and will prepare you to progress and make the most of the opportunities available to you in the future.

Meet our students Elizabeth Lefever

Elizabeth Lefever

“I’ve always wanted to work in the childcare industry and chose this course as the best option to further my career. I like the fact that I have work placements in nurseries and schools to get more experience and become more confident. The support staff and teachers are happy to help and full of encouragement.”

Meet our students Luca Chareun

Luca Chareun

“I enjoyed the practical work experience within my course.”

  • Description

    The course is made up of a range of units of work that include understanding service provisions, principles and values, safeguarding, communication, equality and inclusion , , communication , mental health and health and safety . The course gives you the opportunity for personal development with a focus on learning, employability, and life skills. There is an opportunity to undertake work experience to use the skills you will develop through the course and support the transition into level two

    Students are required to wear uniform when on work placement and the process for collecting this uniform will be explained at induction. We encourage student feedback and good attendance at review evenings.

  • Entry Requirements

    Four GCSE passes at grade 2 or above, preferably to include Maths and English, or a vocational qualification at pass or above, and Functional Skills Maths and English preferably at Entry Level 3. Students need to be positive nature and have a caring and practical approach to work.

  • Qualification

    NCFE / CACHE Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children's and Young Peoples settings

  • Progression

    L2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
    L2 Health and Social care

  • Assessment

    This course is continually assessed using various methods including the completion of assignments.

  • Home Study

    A minimum of two hours per week as appropriate.

  • Work Placement

    Student have the opportunity to complete 1-week work experience in a vocational setting of their choice

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    For your work placement you will need to purchase a college logo polo shirt and sweatshirt at a cost of approximately £30.00.

Code Start Fees*
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Fee information

16 - 18 year olds

In most cases, students aged 16-18 on a full-time study programme (including T Levels) will not be required to pay fees, and the College will fund most course-specific equipment and materials. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 College Subscription.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. Our Fees, Funding and Financial Support page has details on financial support, fee remissions and loans. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you before enrolment.

Funded programmes

Where course fees are fully funded (for example Maths, English and Essential Digital Skills), the course is free of charge to students, subject to eligibility.

Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps are fully funded and free of charge to learners. Employers who want to use Skills Bootcamps to train their existing employees contribute to the cost of training. See the Fees and Additional Costs for more information.