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Early Years Educator Advanced Apprenticeship at Boston College

Course description

This Apprenticeship provides training for the role of early year's educator, whilst gaining a qualification at the same time. 

You will attend a work placements for 4 days and College for the remaining 1 day of the week, where you will learn the under pinning knowledge and theory you need to support your practical training.

Course content

As this course is predominately a work placement, as an Apprentice you will spend between 30-40 hours a week in a working environment. 

You will study a range of core units and will also be able to choose a range of optional units to suit your placement needs. 

You will learn about the national legislation and policy that supports children in the early year's sector and how to support children's learning and development. During your Apprenticeship you will also received tuitions and presentations from various professionals. 

Your Apprenticeship framework is made up of the following elements: 

Maths - Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills, unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

English - Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills, unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

ICT - Level 1 or Level 2 is a requirement of some Apprenticeships unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

ERR - Employee Rights and Responsibilities, which includes health and safety, equality and diversity as well as employment legislation. 

PLTS - Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, which includes team working, creative thinking and reflective learning. 

*Vocational Element (Knowledge) - most Apprenticeship frameworks include off-the-job study for a technical certificate which is usually done at College. 

*Vocational Element (Competence) - all Apprenticeships include on-the-job training and assessment leading to a competence based vocational qualification. 

*On some frameworks, the knowledge and competence elements are combined into one qualification. 

As a Boston College student you will have access to new library facilities and IT equipment. A variety of food and drinks from the College coffee shop, bistro and canteen. The College also provides free parking and learners during term time and recreational activities. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades C or above (New GCSE grade - 4 or above), including English and Maths (or equivalent). 

If you are unable to meet these entry qualifications an alternative course is Early Years Educator National Diploma Level 3.


This course is 60% practical and 40% theory. 

You will be assessed in a variety of ways such as group work, case studies, courses work and work based evidence.

Financial information

There is a good selection of books in the College library, but you may wish to purchase your own books to support your studying, approx. £25. 
You may also need to purchase stationery and other equipment, approx. £15.

Future opportunities

A Early Years Educator Apprenticeship could lead to specific progression and or specialism routes such as Early Years Foundation Degree.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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