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Access to HE: Childcare Level 3 Diploma

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The Access to Childcare course is aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in childcare but have little or no experience or relevant qualifications.

Access to Higher Education programmes are designed to prepare students aged 19+ for a Foundation Degree programme. This programme is designed for people who want to return to study after time out of education, building academic and personal confidence and developing the skills needed for real success on a degree-level course.

Upon successful completion you will be awarded a diploma that will gain you entry to degree level study at a choice of most UK universities. 

 

What I'll learn

On the Access to HE (Childcare Professions) programme, you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Study skills for higher education
  • Practical childcare skills
  • Careers in childcare
  • Children’s development (from 0 to 12 years)
  • Safeguarding children
  • Working in partnership
  • Reflective practice.

 

How I'll learn

You will learn through a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Credits are gained for a variety of tasks such as quizzes, case studies, essays, reports, presentations and timed assessments.

 

How I'll be assessed

Assessment is via a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.

No specific qualifications are asked for, however a GCSE grade 4 (C) in English or maths would be beneficial.

You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3.

If you are successful at your initial assessment, you will also be invited in for an interview where you will need to bring with you a portfolio of your work to date, demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve.

Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience and this will also be checked at interview. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities before applying.

There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.

 

How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.