Caring for Children Under Five BTEC Level 1

The Caring for Children Under Five BTEC Diploma Level 1 course programme is designed to give you an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to care for young children. You will gain work experience with young children and participate in a range of enrichment activities including visits and group projects. Coursework will include assignments and creating your own portfolio of work. You will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

Applications for full-time courses have now closed.

If you have not yet made an application to study at Colchester Institute then you will need to book onto an Advice Session where you can speak to a course tutor post-results day.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that a place will be available on your preferred choice at this late stage in the application cycle, we will help to get you sorted for September.

Advice sessions are by appointment only and will be available to book from 10am on Thursday 12th August. As soon as bookings have opened, you will be able to use the appointment calendar to book an advice session. Information about our advice sessions and how to book can be accessed here:

Advice Session Information

Course Content

Caring for Children Under Five BTEC Diploma Level 1 units may inlcude:

  • Personal Development
  • Human Development
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Orientation to Work
  • Teamwork
  • Communications
Entry Requirements
  • 3 GCSEs (9-1) including English Language
  • An interview
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS*) check.

* Please note there is a charge of £44 for a DBS check.

Career Opportunities

As an experienced nursery worker you could progress to become a senior nursery worker or centre manager. You could also become a community nursery worker or play leader, or complete further training with the aim of moving into children’s nursing, teaching or social work.

Source: National Careers Service

Course Progression

This Foundation Award is listed on the QCA National Framework of Qualifications and is recognised as a useful starting point for a career in caring for children. The level 1 course is not recognised for employment, but instead leads to further study.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Caring for Children Under Five BTEC Level 1
LevelLevel 1
DurationOne year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2021 - Applications open on 1st October 2020
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £1,213


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