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Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS Filton
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 Year
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: CACHE Level 1 Award Certificate and Diploma
Code: 117901
Cost: N/A

SGS Filton

Filton Avenue
BS34 7AT

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Course Detail

Level 1 Early Years

Full time course


This qualification encourages an understanding of the knowledge and the skills needed to care for young children. There are also units to help with self-development.

What will I study?

The units you may study include:

  • Introduction to study skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Growth and development of young children
  • Practical health and safety when working with young children
  • Time management skills
  • Craft activities with children
  • Sharing learning experiences with children
  • Stress and stress management techniques
  • Teamwork skills
  • Understanding play
  • Science activities for children
  • Healthy eating for children

Maths and English

A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths, therefore learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) will be enrolled on either GCSE or Functional Skills programmes alongside their main course.

Work experience

Nine days, comprising three days in each term.


We will be delivering a variety of tasks and projects to prepare you for becoming more employable when you complete this course.

What do I need to join?

You will need two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, in English and maths, be interested in working with children and be able to provide two positive references – one from school and one from an early years setting.

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I learn?

A range of teaching methods will be used in the classroom including: writing, reading, discussions, presentations and work products. There will also be opportunities to partake in activities outside of the classroom in relation to the course.

How will I know how I am doing?

You will receive one-to-one tutorials with your tutor. You will have feedback on your assessment and you will have informal feedback in lessons.

Are there any extra costs?

Learners will be charged material fees, which will be used to purchase resources for the course. You will need to apply for a Disclosure and Debarring Services (DBS) certificate for the safeguarding of children, which costs £44 (at the time of print) and that will need to be completed at a Taster day at the College, before enrolling on the course.

What can I do next?

Learners who successfully complete the qualification, and all other elements of their study programme, may progress to a Level 2 qualification at SGS. For progression in Early Years, your route will be dependent on grades achieved in English and maths.

What are my career options?

This is a foundation programme and these qualifications do not directly qualify you for work, but they do support you in preparing for your 'next steps' either in training or moving towards working in a childcare setting.


Filton Campus.

Dates & Costs

Level 1 Early Years

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 Year
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: CACHE Level 1 Award Certificate and Diploma
Code: 117901

Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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