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Vocational Studies (Early Years) BTEC Level 1 Extended Certificate at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The course aims to equip learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to begin to work with young children. You will also gain a qualification to enable you to progress onto a Level 2 programme or an Apprenticeship. It will also help learners develop personal skills, which can be used later in all forms of employment. The course also focuses on improving learners’ skills in Maths and English. This is a one year, full-time course.The units you will study include communication skills with children, planning for the physical and emotional care needs of children, creative activities for young children, keeping children safe, encouraging children to eat healthily.You will also continue to improve your maths and English skills in structured lessons alongside your course and where appropriate you will take further qualifications in these subjects. If you plan to progress to a Level 2 course you will need to demonstrate a satisfactory level of improvement in English and maths by the end of the year.

Entry requirements

Ideally you will need one GCSE at grade D or an Entry Level 3 Vocational Diploma and aged between 16 and 23 years old.


You must pass all the units to gain this diploma. To pass each unit you will produce a portfolio of evidence including a range of written assignment work, presentations, project work, group work and practical-based assessments.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

Before embarking on this course, it is advisable to gain some experience of working with young children. If you’re caring, understanding and have an interest in child health, education and welfare then this course will suit you. Have a look at our prospectus and read our success stories. Having successfully completed this course you could progress to the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Early Years or go on to do other further education courses. If this is the course for you please complete an application form and begin your journey of success with Newcastle-under-Lyme College.

Further information

Additional learning opportunities include visits to a range of early years’ settings. Guest speakers from the Primary Health Care Team, hospitals and local children's centres etc. will provide you with a range of career opportunities and an insight in to the government’s holistic approach to care and education within the early years.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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