Education and Childcare

What does the course involve?

Equipping you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to enter skilled employment in the Education and Childcare sector. You will study the core component and choose one of two occupational specialisms:
• Early Years Educator
• Assisting Teaching

Course Outline

For the Early Years Educator specialism you will cover:
• Support and promote children’s play, development and early education
• Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development
• Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress
• Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children
• Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development

For the Assisting Teaching specialism you will cover:
• Support the class teacher to enhance children’s education, individually and in groups
• Plan, provide and review educational opportunities in collaboration with teachers and other adults
• Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children and young people
• Recognise, adapt and respond to individual children’s needs, including those with SEND, to support development and access to the curriculum

You will also complete an Employer-set project (ESP) during your industry placement which makes up 20% of your course and lasts for a minimum of 45 days. You will gain a good perspective of all aspects of education in year one ready for assessment of these practical skills in year two.


• 2 written examinations (Paper A and Paper B)

• an employer-set project (ESP) – a supervised project, devised and set by NCFE

Students will receive marks for:

• Paper A

• Paper B

• Employer-set project (ESP).

These marks will be aggregated to create one grade for the Core Component.

Occupational Specialism Assessment

Assessed through:

• Synoptic assignments (specific to each Occupational Specialism).


Entry Requirements

Maths and English GCSEs at grade 4 or above.


This technical qualification will support you to progress to a range of progression routes, including employment as an early years practitioner and learning support practitioner. With further development training you could specialise in supporting children with additional needs in schools. You can also progress to higher education and higher level apprenticeships.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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