Occupational Studies in Health and Social Care and Early Years Entry Level

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC555
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Validated by: National Council Further Education
  • Study Mode: Full time

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who would like a career working with children or adults in health and social care; you will gain on the job work experience and study units to help you make your career choice.

You will gain a qualification in occupational studies; this will develop your employability skills and complement your vocational learning.

What will I study?

This is a one year full time study programme where you will study:-

  •         Entry Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Studies for the Workplace
  •         English and Maths*
  •         Vocational Units

During the programme you will undertake childcare or health and social care workplace experience.


 *If you have not achieved a Grade C or above in your Maths and English Language GCSEs you will be required to work towards a GCSE Grade C in these subjects as part of your Study Programme.

Entry Requirements

To study this course you should possess the following:-

        A positive reference from school

        A DBS (police check) completed during induction

        A genuine desire to work with people

How will I be assessed?

You will complete a portfolio of evidence; this will be internally and externally verified.

Vocational assignments will be completed in the classroom and at home.

You will also be assessed completing practical work in placement

You will complete exams in English and Maths

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the study programme you may be given the opportunity to progress onto a level 1 qualification in either childcare or health and social care. This is subject to achieving the relevant English and Maths qualifications.


Your Study Programme

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You will study in our £18.3 million Beacon Centre which houses practical teaching rooms for care, cooking and creative activities. You will also have full use of the dedicated IT suites, library and resource centre, where you will have access to over 60 computers and 45,000 books. You will also have free WiFi access across the campus.

Enrichment & Employability

All Childhood Studies learners will participate in 800 hours of work experience in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, nurseries, and childrens play centres.  Work experience is a vital part for all of the Childcare programmes and is essential for learners to be successful. You may also wish to take on voluntary work or paid summer work such as Camp America or local play schemes.

Students will have the opportunity to gain first aid quaifications and take part in the virtual baby programme.

Many learners engage in fund raising by holding an end of year musical, coffee mornings and soup kitchen volunteering.


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