Children and Young People’s Workforce BTEC Diploma Level 3

Course Code: CYPDP
Learning Aim Code: 60134744
Full-time / Part-time: Part-time (3 hours per week)
Duration: Two Years
Campus: Wellington Road campus

Is this the right course for me?

Are you working with children and want to improve your career prospects?

If you want to gain a professional qualification in working with children and young people in a supervisory or management role, the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People's Workforce will enhance your knowledge and practical skills and develop your confidence as a practitioner, as well as giving you a licence to practice without supervision.

The course covers all aspects of childcare and education including child development, observations, providing safe and healthy environments, working with parents and the professional role of the childcare practitioner.

As part of the course you will also do work experience which will enable you to put the skills you have learnt in the classroom into practice in a working environment.

We have a very good success rate on this course and excellent feedback from our past students, many of whom have gone on to become family support workers, nursery managers and social workers or progressed to higher levels of study such as HNCs, HNDs, foundation degrees or university degrees.

To enhance your learning, throughout the course you will have the opportunity to hear from visiting speakers who visit the college to talk to students about their experiences in the profession – recent guests have included Penny Tassoni, the author of many books about child development.

This is a two year part-time course.

What will I learn?

During this course you will study the following modules:

  • Children and young people’s development
  • Safeguarding
  • Working in partnership
  • Communication
  • Personal development
  • Equality and diversity
  • Early years pathway units
  • Health and safety

You will also have the opportunity to study a selection of optional units to meet your individual requirements and career aspirations.

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will:

  • Develop your understanding of child development
  • Learn how to assess children and young people and plan to meet their individual needs
  • Develop an awareness of health and safety, safeguarding and child protection
  • Develop your confidence in working with children and professionals
  • Improve your study skills
  • Gain valuable team working and communication skills by taking part in group activities

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course you will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Assessment by a tutor
  • Workplace assessment
  • Assignments

What can I do next?

The skills you learn on this course will give you a license to practice and enable you to:

  • Pursue a career in working with children and young people in an unsupervised capacity
  • Progress to a higher level qualification such as an HNC, HND or foundation degree

What are the Entry Requirements?

To access this course you are required to:

  • Have four or more GCSEs at Grade C or above including English or maths (specified which for some courses)
  • Have at least one year’s experience of working with children
  • Currently be working with children at Level 3 – eg having responsibility for groups of children – for at least 12 hours per week (this can be in a paid or voluntary position)
  • Have a very good standard of spoken and written English at Level 2

You will also be required to have a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check.

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