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
1 CACHE Diploma Introduction to Health & Social Care and Children & Young People
2 CACHE Certificate Early Years and Education & Care
3 CACHE Diploma Childcare and Education (Early Years Education)

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

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.

Unique experience

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

Entry Requirements

Level 3

A minimum of five 9-4 GCSE subject grades, including English Language and Maths. Students must also have a clear DBS.

Level 2

A minimum of four 9-3 GCSE subject grades including English Language and Maths. Students must also have a clear DBS.

Level 1

A minimum of four 9-2 GCSE subject grades, 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.