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This course is ideal for anyone who would like to work with children and families in early years services. You will develop higher level skills, techniques and attributes needed for a successful career in the industry through work placements and learning.


You will study theories of child development from birth including the physical, social and emotional development of children. You will study child protection, and learn how to organise an appropriate response to signs of child abuse. You will also produce your own research project on a chosen subject.

Key Areas

  • Professional development through reflective practice
  • Communication, values and leadership for advanced early years practitioners
  • Theories of development and progress – birth to seven years, 11 months
  • Early years curriculum, play and learning
  • Issues affecting children’s behaviour
  • Safeguarding, children’s welfare and child protection
  • Creating safe environments in early years settings
  • Supporting quality improvement in early years settings
  • The whole child approach in early years practice
  • Developing research skills for early years practice
  • Promoting progress in language, literacy and mathematics in the early years
  • Promoting an understanding of the world in the early years
  • Contemporary issues in child health
  • Diversity, difference and inclusion in early years settings
  • Working with families

Entry Criteria

You will need to be aged 18 years or over on or before 31 August of the academic year the course commences.

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points which may be gained from the following qualifications:

  • Two A Levels
  • One A Level plus an AS Level pass in an appropriate subject
  • A BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • A BTEC National Certificate
  • A level 3 diploma or equivalent such as NVQ, GNVQ, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Certificate of Education
  • A recognised (Kite marked) Access course Other relevant international qualifications.

Alternatively, if you have significant relevant work experience or other professional qualifications you may be eligible for the course. Contact the College who will be able to advise and discuss your suitability for the course.

All students must have a valid Disclosure and Barring Service check. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure this is in place before the start of the course.

To find out more about UCAS points, please visit

What Next

You can progress on to a range of careers in the early years sector, such as an advanced practitioner in early years, nursery management, child and family support services, primary teaching, nursery nurse, childminder and more. You could also progress to an undergraduate degree in a related subject.

Course options

  • 2018/19 Full Time Day


    South & City College Birmingham


    Digbeth Campus

    Mode of attendance

    2018/19 Full Time Day


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    Age range Start Fees Duration Further information
    - September | 2018/19 £5,500 2 Academic Year(s) -
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    UCAS Application Information

    Institution Code Name: SCCB
    Institution Code: S20
    Course Code: L520
    Short Form of Course: Please see UCAS site
    Campus Code: Please see UCAS site