Caring for Children

BTEC Level 1 Diploma

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This inspirational introductory programme is for anyone interested in launching a successful career in the Early Years sector. 

You will gain insights into working with children, the physical and emotional care needs of children, healthy eating and keeping children safe.

Within this qualification there are additional short courses aimed at enhancing your employability. These cover areas such as communication skills and the importance of equality and diversity. 

This course comprises a mixture of written and practical work that includes group discussions, individual and group research, group activities and tutorials. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake work experience in early years settings.


Availability & Details

Early Years, BTEC Level 1 Diploma HSDC-SD-SDPEY

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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You will need mainly E grades at GCSE (including English and maths at E or above) and need to demonstrate a keen interest in working in an early years working environment.

As you will be working with children, you will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

On this course you will study:

  • Physical and emotional care needs of children
  • Physical activities
  • Healthy eating
  • Keeping children safe

The course programme also contains additional short courses to enhance personal skills. You will also have the opportunity to undertake work experience in early years settings.

The course includes a mixture of written and practical work including group discussion, individual and group research and tutorials.

The course is assessed through assignments and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

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The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at South Downs, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

My experience at South Downs was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to University. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student


Successful completion of the course can lead to progression on to BTEC First Diploma Children's Care Learning and Development or an Early Years apprenticeship.

You will be given the opportunity to complete extension tasks to demonstrate working at a higher level and you will be expected to have successfully completed all work experience with good reports.

You must also demonstrate a positive attitude throughout the course.

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