The variety of job roles is enormous and the personal involvement is immensely satisfying

To work in this sector it is essential to enjoy working with and supporting people. It will be challenging but if you have good listening skills, observational skills and the ability to relate to people without being judgmental you could enjoy a variety of roles in this sector.

You could go into healthcare or youth justice services. You could help children develop social and practical skills, make sure people get the medicines they need – the possibilities are endless.

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Courses we offer

Level 2 Study Programmes
Level 2 Apprenticeship
Level 3 Study Programmes
Level 3 Apprenticeship
  • Children & Young People Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)
  • Dental Nursing Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)
  • Lead Adult Support Worker Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)
  • Senior Health Care Support Worker Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)
Level 5 Apprenticeship
  • Assistant Practitioner (Health) Higher Apprenticeship Level 5 (find out more)
  • Care Leadership & Management Higher Apprenticeship Level 5 (find out more)
FdA
  • Child & Family Studies Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (offered at Bedford College only)
  • Psychology & Crime Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (offered at Bedford College only)
BA (Hons)
  • Child & Adolescent Studies BA (Hons) (top-up) (offered at Bedford College only)
  • Psychology & Criminal Behaviour BA (Hons) (top-up) (offered at Bedford College only)

Entry requirements

Level 2 Study Programme

Childcare Intermediate (Level 2) / Health & Social Care Intermediate (Level 2)
Duration: One Year

  • 3 GCSEs at grades 9-3 or A*-D ideally including English and maths OR
  • Childcare OR Health & Social Care Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills

Duration: Two Years

  • 3 GCSEs at grades 9-1 or A*-G ideally including English and maths, and a keen interest in childcare/health & social care

Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience will be considered

Entry will also be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to demonstrate an ability to work in an early years placement.

Dental Intermediate (Level 2) – Working in Dental Settings
Duration: One Year

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9-3 or A*-D ideally including English and maths OR
  • Childcare or Health & Social Care Level 1 or Level 2

Entry will also be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Level 2 Apprenticeship

Pre-Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care and Childcare
To begin this course you will need a Level 2 qualification in Early Years or Health & Social Care (or equivalent).

Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Level 2
You must demonstrate the ability to work towards Level 1 in both English and maths following an initial assessment. You must employed within the sector and willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Whilst there are no formal criteria, people who successfully complete apprenticeships and continue to work in the sector most often exhibit empathy, care and interest in others and want to work in the health or social care sector. You should have a suitable level of physical fitness and ability to perform some aspects of the job roles for example, involve assisting in moving and handling of people and objects.

Children & Young People Apprenticeship Level 2
You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grades A*-D, including English and maths, or equivalent. An ability to achieve a Level 1 ICT qualification is desirable. There will also be an initial assessment to enable you to demonstrate your full ability.

Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship Level 2
You must demonstrate the ability to work towards Level 1 in both English and maths following an initial assessment. You must be willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Whilst there are no formal criteria, people who successfully complete apprenticeships and continue to work in the sector most often exhibit empathy, care and interest in others and want to work in the health or social care sector. Potential apprentices should have a suitable level of physical fitness and ability to perform some aspects of the job roles, for example assisting in moving and handling of people and objects.

Level 3 Study Programme

Childcare Advanced (Level 3)
Duration: Two Years

  • 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 or A*-C ideally including English and maths OR
  • Early Years Educator Level 2 qualification with English and maths

Entry will also be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to demonstrate an ability to work in an early years placement.

Health & Social Care Advanced (Level 3)
Duration: Two Years

  • 4 GCSEs grades 9–4 or A*–C ideally including English and maths (a science subject is also highly recommended), OR
  • Health and Social Care Level 2 Certificate at Merit level

Entry will also be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to demonstrate an ability to work in the health & social care setting.

Level 3 Apprenticeship

Children & Young People Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
You will need A*-D in English, Maths (Level 9-3) A Level 2 Childcare qualification (or equivalent) and/or experience is desirable. To begin this apprenticeship you must be employed in an Early Years Setting for a minimum of 30 hours a week. You must also be willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Dental Nursing Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
You must be able to pass Level 2 in both English and maths following an initial assessment.

Lead Adult Support Worker Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
You must demonstrate the ability work towards Level 2 in both English and maths following an initial assessment (if not already achieved). You must be employed in the sector and willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Whilst there are no formal criteria, people who successfully complete apprenticeships and continue to work in the sector most often exhibit empathy, care and interest in others and want to work in the health or social care sector. You should have a suitable level of physical fitness and ability to perform some aspects of the job roles for example, involve assisting in moving and handling of people and objects.

Senior Health Care Support Worker Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
You will need a minimum of three GCSEs at grades A*-D, including English and maths, or equivalent. You must be willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Whilst there are no formal criteria, people who successfully complete apprenticeships and continue to work in the sector most often exhibit empathy, care and interest in others and want to work in the health or social care sector. Employers may require you to show previous experience as a support worker.

Level 5 Apprenticeship

Assistant Practitioner (Health) Higher Apprenticeship Level 5
You must be currently working under the supervision of a Registered Practitioner, which may include registered nurses, registered social workers AHP practitioners and medical, health care science and dental practitioners. You must have also undertaken the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide evidence of this.

Care Leadership & Management Higher Apprenticeship Level 5
There are no formal entry conditions; however you must be in a suitable job role that will allow you to gather the evidence necessary for the qualifications and components which form a part of the framework.

FdA
  • 32-48 UCAS Points from a Level 3 course (e.g. A-Level, Level 3 Diploma, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent).
  • English GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent.
  • Maths GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent is desirable.
  • We welcome applicants who may not meet the above entry requirements but have relevant work experience within the industry.
  • You may be asked to attend an interview to discuss the requirements of the course.

You will also need to undertake a paid or voluntary placement in a relevant setting related to children and/or families (minimum two days per week/14 hours per week) for the duration of the course. You should ideally arrange your own placement but the course team will also be able to assist you in this.

Mature students

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

What will I be doing?

Course Content

Level 2 Study Programme Overview

Childcare Intermediate (Level 2)
This study programme is ideal if you are planning to work with children, and offers excellent preparation for higher-level courses in the childcare field. You will learn about the physical care and development of the child, working with children, and emotional and social development. You will also learn about child development, play and practical activities, communication, and professional skills in working with babies and young children.

Health & Social Care Intermediate (Level 2)
This study programme will give you an insight into working in the caring profession, allowing you to study a wide range of topics, including anatomy and physiology, the impact of diet, therapeutic activities, and more. You will also gain real work experience in a variety of health & social care settings, such as with the elderly, children and those with learning disabilities.

Working in Dental Settings Intermediate (Level 2)
This study programme is for you if you are interested in starting a career in dental health in a customer facing role. Alternatively, if you are thinking of becoming a dental nurse, but are not yet ready to move on to the Dental Nursing Advanced Level 3, then this is a good starting point. The study programme will provide you with a range of essential technical and practical skills and knowledge, which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the dental health industry.

Level 2 Apprenticeship Overview

Pre-Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care and Childcare
This will will suit you, if you are interested in becoming an apprentice; want to progress into other further or higher education courses, or into new work area; are seeking to update and/or add to your employment skills; would benefit from alternative approaches to curriculum and learning and need to develop your literacy and/or numeracy skills.

Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Level 2
This is the sole apprenticeship standard for people employed in delivering adult care in England. This standard is also suitable for workers in the health sector. The standard covers the health and social care sectors which includes the National Health Service (NHS), private providers, local authorities and voluntary organisations.

Children & Young People Apprenticeship Level 2
This Level 2 Childcare apprenticeship will allow you to develop the skills and knowledge required for working in a child care setting with children aged 0-19 years. It will provide you with a good starting point within the sector, working under supervision (e.g. pre-school assistant, nursery assistant). The introductory units will give you an insight into how children develop and learn, while the choice of pathways can be tailored to meet the vocational area you are working with (social work, early years or schools, for example). You will gain plenty of practical hands-on experience in the workplace and then attend College on a day-release basis every Friday for theory session and to study functional skills, including English and maths.

Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship Level 2
This apprenticeship programme will suit you if you are employed in delivering clinical healthcare care in England. You will currently be working in a relevant setting such as a nursing home, GP surgery, medical centre, hospice or hospital. Alongside the main programme, you will be able to study for first aid and manual handling qualifications at no extra cost.

Level 3 Study Programme Overview

Childcare Advanced (Level 3)
This study programme prepares you to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 0–7 years. The learning experience will be reflective of the current structure and expectations of the childcare sector and you will have the opportunity to put theory into practice by preparing and carrying out relevant activities in quality childcare placements covering ages 0–5 years.

Dentistry Advanced (Level 3)
This study programme focuses on direct chair side work and support during a range of dental treatments and is suitable for anyone who wants to work as a dental nurse and also develop a career as a dental hygienists’. You will study a range of topics including principles of infection control, preparing and maintaining environment, instruments and equipment for clinical dental procedures and chairside support for the provision of fixed and removable prostheses.

Health & Social Care Advanced (Level 3)
This study programme will provide you with the skills required to start a career in the health & social care profession. You will be able to specialise in either health care or social care, while gaining valuable work experience within a variety of settings, such as with the elderly, children and those with learning disabilities. You will study a range of topics, including anatomy and physiology, lifespan development, communication and more.

Level 3 Apprenticeship Overview

Children & Young People Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
The aim of this apprenticeship is to prepare you to become an Early Years Educator. This will enable you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. The introductory units will give you an insight into how children develop and learn, while the choice of optional unites can be tailored to meet the vocational area you are working in. Once you have successfully achieved the qualification from this apprenticeship you will be able to enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator.

Dental Nursing Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
This apprenticeship is designed to support individuals to meet the professional standard for people working as a trainee dental nurse within the industry. The primary role of the dental nurse is to provide chairside support to dental professionals and deliver a high level of patient care.

Lead Adult Support Worker Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
This is the sole apprenticeship standard for people employed in delivering adult care in England. This standard is also suitable for workers in the health sector. The standard covers the health and social care sectors which includes the National Health Service (NHS), private providers, local authorities and voluntary organisations.

Senior Health Care Support Worker Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
This apprenticeship programme will suit you if you are a Senior Healthcare Support worker involved in a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare tasks under the direction of a registered healthcare practitioner. You will currently be working in a relevant setting such as the National Health Service, a hospice or GP surgery, community health care or a nursing or care home. Alongside the main programme, you will be able to study for first aid and manual handling qualifications at no extra cost.

Level 5 Apprenticeship Overview

Assistant Practitioner (Health) Higher Apprenticeship Level 5
This apprenticeship programme will suit you if you are an Assistant Practitioner working as part of the wider health and social care team, with direct contact with patients, service users or clients You will currently be working in a relevant setting such as the National Health Service, mental health, social care or occupational therapy. Examples of common work activities include higher clinical skills such as catheterisation, wound care and discharge planning.

Care Leadership & Management Higher Apprenticeship Level 5
This qualification is for those working as adults’ residential managers, adults’ managers and adults’ advanced practitioners in adult social care, or as a manager of specialist adult social care services. The framework has been developed by Skills for Care based on the input of employers in the adult social care sector. It will help you to develop your existing skills and knowledge in your managerial role in areas including professional development, equality and diversity, and policies, procedures and practices. You will also choose from a range of optional units to suit your job role.

FdA Overview

Child & Family Studies Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (full-time
This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of child and family issues, drawing on knowledge and theory from the fields of psychology, childhood development, working with families and professional skills and practice. If you are already working in a childcare setting, you can continue your job whilst studying this course and apply what you learn to your everyday work. A part-time route consisting of studying two units per year is also available in some circumstances.

Psychology & Crime Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (full-time)
This foundation degree provides vocational and practical perspectives on the application of both general and criminal psychology to the understanding of human behaviour, offending and society’s response to offenders. The overall aim is to foster the development of a knowledge base and a range of skills to enhance your future career aspirations and opportunities.

Degree Overview

Child & Adolescent Studies BA (Hons) (top-up)
The course will prepare you for the world of work by providing you with both an academic and vocational relevant curriculum which focuses on the needs of children, young people and families. It will allow students to demonstrate their ability to undertake an extended and detailed area of research in the field of child and adolescent studies. You are able to build on previous Foundation degree studies to complete an Honours degree.

Psychology & Criminal Behaviour BA (Hons) (top-up)
You will develop professional skills which can be used in a wide range of industry settings including education, social/support work, youth work, family support, therapeutic support, charitable organisations and public services such as police, probation, youth offending, etc. Trips (past occasions have been to courts, museums and to parliament) and visiting guest speakers from the industry are also a key component of the course.

Course Structure & Expectations

Course Structure
Your full-time Further Education course will consist of a study programme. This means that alongside your industry-recognised qualification, you’ll also study English and maths and improve your personal and employability skills. In short, your study programme will provide you with:

  • A nationally-recognised qualification
  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Our Higher Education programmes can be studied either full-time for two days per week or part-time one day per week. Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support material are available online for home study.

Expectations

  • Attend punctually and regularly
  • Work hard and complete all work within specified deadlines
  • Participate in class activity and discussions
  • Take responsibility for your own learning
  • Treat everyone with respect
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Childcare Level 3

Leon Gjoksi

I started on the Level 2 course and have worked my way up to Level 3. My tutors are very supportive, although there is a lot more responsibility at College compared to school. You are responsible for your own learning and it’s up to you to work hard.

We have had speakers come in to talk to us about various aspects of care and childcare. The theory work is also very interesting and I particularly enjoyed learning about safeguarding and the legislation behind it.

Once I finish the Level 3 course I’m hoping to go to university to study Psychology & Mental Health. I’m interested in how the brain works and I hope this level of study will open up different career routes within the industry outside of primary care.

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