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Full time
2 years
September only

During this course, you will gain an understanding of how to support early years practitioners to enhance children’s learning in either small groups or individually, to ensure children make progress in their learning and development.

You will also need to be a good role model by promoting positive values and behaviours, acting with honesty and integrity, taking part in group activities and contributing to planning and designing creative activities.

The course allows for progression onto university or higher apprenticeships. Your future role is very much about encouraging children to progress and develop in a positive, nurturing and safe environment.

·         Wider context of childcare and education

·         Child development

·         Supporting education

·         Safeguarding, health and safety, and wellbeing

·         Behaviour

·         Observation and assessment

·         Equality and diversity

·         Special educational needs and disability

·         Language acquisition (including English)

·         Parents, families and carers

·         Working with others

·         Reflective practice

·         Support and promote children’s play, development and early education

·         Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development

·         Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress

·         Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children

·         Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development


·         Exams

·         Employer Set Projects

·         Controlled Assessments

·         Practical Skills Tests

Career opportunities may include:

·         Teaching Assistant

·         Teacher

·         Social Worker

·         Support Worker

·         Creche Worker

·         Nursery Manager

·         Early Years Practitioner

Positive Futures is a set of essential qualities, embedded throughout your study programme, that we seek to develop in all students: 

  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Resilience

You will also engage in the Positive Futures Careers Programme, developing key employability skills through a diverse range of activities including work placements, volunteering, employer talks, industry study visits and employment and university fairs.

For T Level Education and Early Years: 5 or more GCSEs at grade 9-4 (including Maths & English Language).

As a Bury College student you will have access to a wide range of enrichment opportunities which will contribute to your personal growth and development and support your academic studies. 

These may include:

  • Art Club
  • Chess Club
  • Dance, Drama and Singing Workshops
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Gaming Hub
  • Music Club
  • Pride Club
  • Student Ambassador Scheme
  • A wide range of sport including Badminton, Cricket, Football, Fitness Training, Nerf, Netball, Volleyball and Table Tennis.

Please Note: We attempt to ensure that all information contained within this website is correct and up-to-date. However, some details may change as we review and update our provision. Although every effort is made to provide the teaching, examination, assessment and other services detailed on this website and in our other publications, Bury College cannot guarantee the provision of such programmes, services, facilities and fees. Bury College reserves the right to amend, withdraw, alter or amalgamate any of the courses, locations and facilities detailed within at any time. Should circumstances require such amendments, Bury College undertakes to use all reasonable steps to minimise the resultant disruption to those services and most importantly to students.

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