Course Overview

This qualification has been designed to provide you with an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in school and college environments.


Course Structure

It will enable you to gain an understanding of elements including:

  • Children and young people’s development
  • Safeguarding their welfare
  • Communication and professional relationships.

You will be required to attend five hours per week in College or in one of our community settings.

You must attend a placement in a school or college for a minimum of 12 hours per week.



Entry Requirements

GCSE English at a minimum of Grade C/4 or Level 2 Functional Skills English and GCSE mathematics at a minimum of Grade D/3 or Level 1 Functional Skills mathematics.

You will also need to be working or on a practical placement for the duration of the course.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required.

Skills You Will Develop

As you work towards this qualification, you will be developing your skills and expertise in a number of areas and you will link theory to your experiences in the classroom.

Examples of skills you will develop will include:

  • Communication
  • Building positive relationships
  • Understanding children and young people's development
  • Supporting learning activities.


On completion of the course, you will be in a position to progress onto:

  • A Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges.  
  • A Foundation degree in Managing, Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Alternatively, you may progress to another Higher Education course (dependent on your GCSE results).

How You Will Be Assessed

You will be required to develop a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your competence and underpinning knowledge relating to the units. Approved Assessors will carry out assessments in the workplace. This will be supplemented by other types of evidence as well as written assignments for certain units.

Things You May Need

You will require a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check which we will arrange on your behalf.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
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 FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].