Course Overview

This course is aimed at learners who wish to develop an understanding of settings before deciding whether working in the sector is for them.
It allows learners to:
  • gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required for employment and/or career progression in childcare
  • tailor their learning to their interests through the provision of a broad range of optional units
  • develop transferable skills 
The course also:
  • supports progression to Level 2 qualifications in health, social care or children’s settings
  • provides learners with the opportunity to progress to employment, in due course, in a range of job roles in the care sectors.
As part of the course, learners will develop their personal development skills including working with others, communication, study skills and employability skills. They will also study English and Maths and have a personal tutor who will support them throughout the course. 
The course is highly personalised and learning activities are designed to enable each student to work towards individualised targets that are meaningful and in keeping with their goals and aspirations. 

Course Structure

Topics covered include:
  • work-related skills relevant to the physical and emotional needs of young children and adults
  • dietary, exercise health and safety and emotional needs of children and adults
  • development from birth to old age
  • the role of the practitioner
30 hours of relevant experience of work are included in this course.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Level 1/2 English and Maths.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade A*-C in these subjects when you commence your course.


This qualification is ideal to enable learners of all abilities to access a qualification and grow in confidence. It also provides learners with a perfect opportunity to progress onto further educational pathways  at level 2 specialising in childcare or health and social care. 

How You Will Be Assessed

Evidence may be from work produced through practical exercises, samples, studies and experiments, along with written work where appropriate. 

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088214.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088270
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
Tel: 01274 088214
Email: [email protected].