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Early Years - Foundation Learning (Level 1) at Hopwood Hall College

Course description

We offer a comprehensive portfolio of competence based programmes to meet the needs of diverse learners, the community and local employers ranging from Foundation level through to Level 5.

A variety of modes of study are available including full-time, part-time, flexible learning and work based learning routes.

Course content

All Early Years courses include topics which are integrated with practical lessons or work experience. To complete the award, learners must achieve a set number of units to make the qualification value up to 10.

Students will be expected to attend college 9-5pm three days a week. To be successful on this course it is essential that you have good attendance and punctuality. You must also be motivated, committed and enthusiastic as you will be expected to develop a range of skills that will celebrate and nurture the potential in all children and young people.

All students will be subject to a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

Topics on this course include:

  • Health and well-being
  • Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning
  • Professional development
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Working in partnership
  • Keeping children safe
  • Supporting children with additional needs
  • Reflective practice
  • Children's development outdoors

Entry requirements

There are no formal qualifications required to apply for this course. Functional Skills in English and Maths will run alongside the course.

Future opportunities

Upon completion of this course, students can move onto the Level 2 CACHE Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care. You could also take up an apprenticeship.

Possible careers include: Primary teaching, early years teacher, early years educator, nanny, childminder, practitioner in day nurseries, nursery schools and primary schools or preschool worker

Further information

For more information please visit, pick up a prospectus from the Rochdale or Middleton Campus or call us on 0161 6437560.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hopwood Hall College directly.

Last updated date: 24 July 2017
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      By Road: 
      The Rochdale campus is 2.6 miles from junction 20 of the M62. Follow the signs for Rochdale town centre
      By Rail:
      Rochdale train station, with frequent connections to Leeds, Bradford and Manchester, is a ten minute walk from the Rochdale Campus through the town centre. It is also a Metrolink station, Manchester’s light railway system, which links Rochdale with Oldham, Bury and Manchester City Centre.
      By Bus: 
      The Rochdale bus station is approximately 5 minutes walk from the Rochdale campus. There are frequent bus services throughout the borough which terminate in Rochdale.