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Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

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31 August 2020TBCAnne Marie Richards

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


The course is aimed at students, who would like to study and improve their skills. These students may have left school with few or no qualifications.

It is designed to stimulate interest and encourage learners to have an understanding of the skills needed to care for a young baby or young child. This qualification will also give you the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of skills. If appropriate, giving you vocational experience within a setting.

The course is designed as an introduction to the work place. You will also have the opportunity to practice and develop life skills.

This qualification contains three main elements:

  • Vocational qualification
  • Personal, Social and emotional development
  • Functional skills

A portfolio, with evidence of your work will be kept for each unit. This will then be assessed both internally and externally.


You will be studying a variety of units including:

  • Providing a safe and hygienic environment for a young child
  • Routines for a young child
  • Play and learning in the home
  • Responsibilities for new parents
  • Eating healthily
  • Contraception information
  • Peer mentoring


This course is based on a framework of credit based units and qualifications which will provide clear progressions route to the Cache Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children.


There are no course fees, but there may be some charges for field trips, uniforms, DBS checks and equipment. The College will pay assessment fees.

Material fees are approx. £110. 00 This is payable upon enrolment, this will cover the cost of uniform for placement, end of year trip, art materials used in the classroom, DBS check and text books.

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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