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Exploring the Care Sector - Level 1 Certificate at City of Oxford College

Course description

Get an introduction to working with young children and the early years environment with the Certificate in Caring for Children. It develops your basic skills in childcare education and play-work and gives you direct experience of working in an early years setting.

You gain personal social and development qualification and functional skills

Course content

You learn about the care of children play and practical activities growth and development food and nutrition and health and safety. 

Areas studied include: 
• care of children
• play and practical activities
• human growth and development
• food and nutrition
• health and safety practices in home and group settings

In the third term you do 15 days of supervised practical work in a childcare setting. The course also gives you the opportunity to improve your literacy numeracy and ICT skills.

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Level 1 programme will normally have:
- A strong interest in their chosen programme of study
- The commitment to work towards improving English and Maths as part of the programme
- The ability to discuss past experiences of education and future ambitions in an interview

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


Assessment is through assignment work.

You learn through classroom-based activities practical workshops and a supervised placement in the final term.

Financial information

16 to 18 EU tuition fee : £35.00

Future opportunities

Successful achievement of this foundation award with a merit or a distinction can lead to further study on the Childcare and Education Level 2 Diploma

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: OXPFNDCCARE


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      • From South (Newbury) A34: Turn off A34 to Southern bypass and make for Cowley. At next roundabout, turn left to city centre (park and ride on left). Follow Abingdon Road to end, form left towards ice rink and parks. The College is opposite the ice rink.
      • From A423 (Henley/Reading): Join ring road at (Sainsburys) and turn left to next roundabout and right to city centre and ice rink.
      • From East (London): M40/A40 At end of A40 turn left at roundabout signed Cowley. Continue on the ring road, (4 roundabouts) to Abingdon Road, city centre and ice rink.
      • From the train station: the campus is 10 minutes walk from the station.