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.


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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Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. South Downs College is the best by far.

Amber Searle, BTEC student

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, 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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