Early Years and Education

The Early Years and Education department at Riverside College offers students exciting and innovative courses which will enable students to gain the nationally recognised qualifications which are essential to succeed in this industry.

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Students will study a wide range of subjects including practical care skills, observational skills, curriculum planning and safeguarding, allowing them to progress in a variety of careers in the Early Years sector. During the course students will undertake a variety of high quality placements, providing them with invaluable opportunities to develop their own professional skills and knowledge.

Courses available in Early Years and Education

See below for the full list of Early Years and Education courses available at Riverside College. Please refer to the entry requirements listed further down the page to help identify which level is right for you.

Level Qualification Course Title Location Duration
1 CACHE Diploma Introduction to Health & Social Care and Children & Young People Kingsway 1 Year
2 CACHE Certificate Early Years and Education & Care Kingsway 1 Year
3 CACHE Diploma Childcare and Education (Early Years Education) Kingsway and Cronton 2 Years

Once you have made an application to the College, you will be invited in for an interview with the admissions team who will help to identify the right course, at the right level to meet your goals and aspirations.

Career Paths:

  • Primary School Teacher
  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Au Pair
  • Nannying
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Child Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Childcare Reps Abroad
  • Nursery Nurse

More than just a course

Gaining practical experience is vital in the Early Years sector and our courses provide students with exceptional opportunities through our extensive placement programme at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Students will undertake placements in a variety of settings such as nurseries, children centres and reception classes.

Early Years and Education at Riverside College Widnes Runcorn Liverpool Cheshire

Unique experience

  • High quality work placements with nurseries and primary schools
  • Gain experience in Early Years Foundation Stage (0-5 years)
  • Educational trips to Europe

Entry Requirements

Level 3

A minimum of 5 A*- C GCSE subject grades or numerical equivalent, including English Language and Maths. Students must also have a clear DBS.

Level 2

A minimum of 4 A* – D GCSE subject grades or numerical equivalent including English Language and Maths. Students must also have a clear DBS.

Level 1

A minimum of 4 A* – E GCSE subject grades or numerical equivalent, including English Language.

What could these courses lead on to?

At Riverside College you can progress through the levels from entry to level 3. By achieving qualifications in Early Years and Education you will be able to start your career in a wide range of fields such as primary teaching, early years practitioning, learning support or social work. Following the Level 3 you can progress to a BA Hons degree in areas such as Primary Teaching, Nursing, Child Psychology or Social Work.

In the News:

Students impress on their work placements

Level 3 Early Years student Rebecca Barnes, has completed her qualification and walked straight into a perfect job after impressing her mangers at her work placement during the course.

Rebecca, who achieved the top marks of triple distinctions in her BTEC Extended Diploma in Early Years, completed her placement at Ditton Early Years Nursery and they were so impressed with her skills, they offered her a job to start as soon as she finished College.

Students on this course spend a large portion of their course on placement, working in real life settings and gaining valuable experience, enabling them to enhance their CV’s and gain the skills employers are looking for. For students like Rebecca they are able to come away from their placement with an offer of a job.

Rebecca who is previously from Ormiston Bolingbrook Academy said, “I can’t wait to start my job, I never expected to leave College with a job intact. Without this College I wouldn’t have had a placement and without placement I wouldn’t have gotten a great job. The tutors are brilliant; I’ve always been able to ask for help when I needed it and my tutors always supported me. I’ll always look back at Riverside College with fond memories, and relive the two years all over again if I could! They have been the best two years of my life so far.”

First Aid offers students extra skills

First Aid Course Health Social Care

Students studying on the Early Years courses enrich their qualification each year with extra skills such as the paediatric first aid course. This course provides the students with experience of emergency situations that they may experience when working with children and gives them the skills to deal with them. The students complete this course in college and it helps them when applying for jobs after the course.