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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 high level skills, techniques and attributes needed for a successful career in the industry, through work placements and learning.

Course description

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

What areas will I study?

  • Professional development through reflective practice
  • Communication, values and leadership for advanced early years practitioners
  • Theories of development and progress – birth to seven years, eleven 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

What are the entry requirements?

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 and an AS Level pass in an appropriate subject
  • BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • BTEC National Certificate
  • Level 3 Diploma or equivalent such as NVQ, GNVQ, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Certificate of Education
  • A recognised (Kitemarked) 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 the learners' responsibility to ensure this is in place before the start of the course.

To find out more about UCAS points, please visit

Where can I progress to next?

You can progress onto 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 continue your studies and progress onto an undergraduate degree in a related subject.

Course options

  • 2019/20 Full Time Day


    South & City College Birmingham


    Digbeth Campus

    Mode of attendance

    2019/20 Full Time Day


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    Age range Start Fees Duration Further information
    - September | 2019/20 £0.00 Fees to be confirmed 2 Academic Year(s) -
    Hours Per Week Study Details Minimum Age Average Class Size Max Class Size Material Fees International Fees
    - - - - - 6,500.00

    Leisure Program Fees Further Information International Comments
    0.00 - -
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    UCAS Application Information

    Institution Code Name: SCCB
    Institution Code: S20
    Course Code: L520
    Click here to apply for this course on UCAS website.