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Childcare Apprenticeship Level 3 at Malvern Hills College

Course description

You will be a fully qualified Early Years Educator on successful completion of this course. As this course carries UCAS points, some students may choose to go into higher education, to study a range of subjects.

Course content

What’s involved?

You will study theory units in both years including:
• Children's health and well-being
• Play and learning 
• Providing safe environments 
• Supporting additional needs
• Supporting children's literacy and mathematical skills 
• Preparing for school readiness

Alongside the theory units run practical skills units each year and these are assessed in your work placement.

How will I be studying?

Classwork is a combination of lectures, practical activities, discussions and tutorials. You will spend some time in College and in work placements with children aged 0 to 7 years.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GSCEs at A* to C Grade, including English language; or a suitable Level 2 qualification in Childcare at mainly Merit, or equivalent.

Early Years Educators now need to have both the English and Mathematics at Grade C GCSE to practice their childcare qualification.  If you do not already have these two essentials, you may be able to take them alongside your early years studies.

You will need to have a successful interview, appropriate references and an Enhanced DBS check (arranged by the College). 

Future opportunities

The Early Years Educator qualification allows you to work unsupervised with children.  With experience you may work in a supervisory role in a range of children's settings: pre-schools, nurseries, as a nanny, in primary schools, or in children's holiday facilities both in the UK and overseas.

Alternatively, as this qualification attracts UCAS points you could progress on to Higher Education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Malvern Hills College directly.

Last updated date: 05 August 2016

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    • The Malvern campus has been a centre of excellence for Art and Crafts for many years. Malvern town centre is nearby with its leisure, theatre and shopping facilities and fabulous backdrop of the Malvern Hills.

      The campus has...

      ·         Professional hair and beauty therapy salons.

      ·         Dedicated hair and beauty teaching facilities.

      ·         Several art and crafts studios.

      ·         Exhibits of the students’ work.

      ·         The Malvern Community Learning Centre.

      ·         Fully equipped IT facilities.

      In addition to the Learning Resources Centre, and the Refectory.