Designed for learners who want to work in Early Years, our course will develop your understanding of childcare and education in this sector.
Throughout the course, you will cover a range of units relating to childcare as well as take part in work experience in a variety of childcare settings.
On successful completion of the course, you could progress to Higher Education, or move into employment in a variety of supervised job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors.
- At least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language or Maths. If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa
- A Level 2 BTEC Diploma or above and GCSE English Language or Maths at grade C/4 or above
- Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Language
- Grade D/3 or above in GCSE Maths
- You will also require a satisfactory DBS check
What will I study?
Our courses will enable you to explore a range of units relating to childcare, including being offered the opportunity to gain a Paediatric First Aid qualification – a requirement of all Early Years educators in the workplace.
- Core Modules
Child Development from Conception to 7-years
Children's Health and Wellbeing
Providing Safe Environments for Children
Play and Learning
Children's Additional Needs
Observation, Assessment and Planning
A competence-based Professional Practice Portfolio, covering the above area
Why study Childcare & Education at USP?
- Trips including Christmas Pantomime, Chessington World of Adventures and The Education Show.
- Well-established links with placement settings in Hockley, Rochford, Wickford, Hullbridge, Rayleigh, Basildon, Southend, Canvey Island, and Benfleet.
We also coordinate with local charities.Many of our Tutors have decades of Early Years teaching experience. All have experience of working within Childcare settings and some have run their own settings. We also work with organisations such as “Outstanding” childcare provider Seymour House, to offer work experience placements and regular visiting lectures to ensure you leave us career ready.
What could I do next?
Students can progress into a variety of supervised job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors. Roles including a practitioner in a day nursery, home-based childcare, or a pre-school worker.
You could also progress to a Higher Education course at USP College or work in areas such as: Teaching, Nursery Assistant and Nursery Supervisor.
You could also attend university to study subjects like: Primary Education, Education Studies or a Foundation degree in Early Years.