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Progression in Family Care AIM Award Extended Certificate in Skills for Employment and Further Learning Level 2/3 at Lancaster and Morecambe College

Course description

This is a one year course which is both exciting and challenging. The course combines a mixture of child development and health and social care, as well as units to help you develop essential employability and personal development skills which aim to prepare you to progress to a full Level 3 course.

Course content

The course enables you to develop knowledge and skills in three areas; child development, health and social care and employability and further learning. The units include; play and child development, supporting children’s learning through sensory activities, meeting the physical needs of children, health promotion in care settings, providing personal care to support individuals to eat and drink, the role of care workers in caring for persons with dementia, work experience, communication skills for group and teamwork and improving own learning and performance. These are a combination of Level 2 and 3 units. You will also undertake a work placement in a child care or health and social care setting, at the end of the course, to be able to apply what you have learnt to practical experiences.

All students aged 16-19 are required to study Functional Skills English and Maths qualifications or GCSE Mathematics and English if not already awarded a grade A*-C in these subjects. If you have a grade D at GCSE you will study maths and/or English GCSE. Students with a grade lower than D will work towards GCSE through the study of Maths & English Functional Skills. Students aged 19+ are strongly encouraged to take relevant maths and English qualifications to support progression into further or higher education, training or employment

Entry requirements

2 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English or maths OR if you are progressing from a relevant Level 2 course you will need to achieve an overall merit and have tutor recommendation. Entry criteria will be applied at the discretion of the course manager. 


You will be continuously assessed throughout the course by completing a portfolio of evidence for each unit.

Financial information

There will be the cost of educational visits which will be organised for you during the course. This means you will need to pay £20 during the first week of your course. When on placement, you will have to wear the college uniform. This too will be paid during your first week, costing approximately:

• Polo shirt - £12.00

• Sweatshirt - £14.00 (optional) 

Future opportunities

This course is designed to support your progression to a full time Level 3 course in either Children’s Play, Learning and Development or Health and Social Care. To be able to progress you must successfully achieve merit grades in three bridging assignments that you will undertake on the course. You must also obtain a successful placement report demonstrating excellent communication and interaction skills. Tutor recommendation will also be needed.

Further information

You will be expected to undertake regular home study on this course. It is your responsibility to ensure that you allow sufficient time to complete home study. 

On completion of the full course you will receive a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Skills for Employment and Further Learning.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster and Morecambe College directly.

Last updated date: 04 May 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year
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