Level 1 Caring for Children
Over a one year course you will develop a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge to develop your understanding of topics such as keeping children safe and developing communication skills with young children. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this course, progress onto the L2 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.
- Course Information
The course is designed for students considering studying a career in childcare as an option in the future and want to know what it is like to work in a childcare setting. It is an introductory course and will allow you to learn about not only the childcare industry, but also about your own skills and qualities. Some of the units covered in this course include; planning safe environments for children, communication skills and supporting children with creative activities through everyday activities.
As part of the course you will also study English and Maths to enhance your employability skills.
Enhanced DBS – During your course you will attend a placement, in a workplace related to your course. Due to this, you are required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check which is a criminal records background check to assess whether you are suitable to work with vulnerable people, such as children and vulnerable adults. The college will guide you through the online application process, however you will have to produce identification as part of this. Information about what a DBS check is and the ID required to process your application can be found here.
We strongly advise you to obtain the ID required as soon as possible, so your application isn’t delayed.
- Entry Requirements
For our Pre-Advanced Level 1 courses the entry requirements are 1 x GCSE at Grade 3, 1 x GCSE at Grade 2 & Maths or English Language at Grade 2 and Grade 1 in the other.
Please note that any student who has not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4 for English and/or maths will continue with these studies as part of their vocational study programme.
Some courses and subjects will have additional specific entry requirements or require DBS clearance to undertake placements. Information about this can be found on the Apply Portal, and on your offer letter which you will receive after your interview.
- How will I be assessed?
Assessment takes place throughout the course in a variety of ways, including posters, presentations and written assignments.
- Progression Pathway
Successful completion of the course and additional qualifications may lead to progression within college or onto an Apprenticeship.
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.