Child Education at LMC
If you choose to study Child Education at Lancaster & Morecambe College you will work with a team of specialist tutors that provide excellent teaching and learning to help you develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to work in this challenging and rewarding vocational area. You will study a wide range of units that will help prepare you to work in the child education sector. The full time courses include a large proportion of work experience in a variety of placement settings where you will be able to apply theory to your practice. There is the opportunity to progress through the levels of courses, and once completed there are fantastic employment opportunities in the local area. If you choose the Apprenticeship route, you will have access to an experienced and knowledgeable assessor throughout the work-based qualification.
Caroline Openshaw, Head of Child Education
Early Years Educator
Our Children’s Play, Learning & Development Early Years Educator BTEC Level 3 course is not like any other in the local area... with our specialised programme you will earn ‘Early Years Educator’ status which means you will be ‘occupationally competent’ to work with children.
Upon successful completion of the two year course, equivalent to three A-Levels, you will be able to gain employment, or you can progress into higher education.
In order to achieve the qualification and be occupationally competent you will need to complete 750 hours in three work placement settings and be assessed by subject specialist tutors; something which is not offered by all other local providers and schools.
Where does it lead?
Past students have gone on to study degrees in Primary Education, Working with Children and Families, and Early Years, at various settings that included the University of Cumbria and Edge Hill University. Employment opportunities include working in nurseries, children’s centres, and schools as early years practitioners, family support workers and teaching assistants. Other students have worked abroad as children’s holiday representatives in resorts and on cruise liners.
“I have been a student at Lancaster & Morecambe College for the last four years, progressing from the Level 1 course to successfully completing the Level 3 qualification in Children’s Play, Learning and Development. All of the tutors were very supportive and helpful and the lessons were interesting. I gained experience at six different placement settings and loved my time at all of them. I have now gained employment as a Level 3 practitioner in a local nursery.”
Natasha Parkinson, Children’s Play, Learning and Development
Children's Learning & Development Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Level 3 (A32692-A1A)
Once you have gained employment you could start this programme at any time of the year.
What do I need to join?
5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher including Maths and English OR a Level 2 related qualification PLUS grade C/4 or higher in BOTH Maths and English.
Relevant work experience will also be considered
Entry criteria will be applied at the discretion of the course manager.
An apprenticeship in a genuine job, with training, meaning apprentices learn and gain skills and professional competencies in their chosen career, whilst receiving a wage.
Apprenticeships are suitable for well-motivated people who are focussed and know which career path they want to follow. They offer high quality work-based training as an alternative to full time study.
This programme is aimed at people who are employed, or are seeking employment. You will need to be 16 years of age or over. Apprenticeships are available at level 2 and level 3.
From April 2018, the apprenticeship minimum wage is £3.70 per hour. For further information on salaries, visit gov.uk and search ‘apprenticeships'.
Course Information Sheet