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Early Years, Health and Social Care

Many people are drawn towards a career in one of the caring professions. The variety of job roles is enormous and the personal involvement is immensely satisfying and rewarding. Whether it is care of the young or elderly, teaching or nursing, each demands qualifications for entry.

Topics covered include health, safety, nutrition, anatomy and physiology and the sociological and psychological aspects of caring for children. A key part of many of the programmes is supervised, practical placements to support the college based programme. You will gain valuable work experience in local primary schools, hospices, residential care homes, nursing homes, nurseries, special schools, hospitals, day centres and private households.

Courses are available across all three of our main campus locations from Level 1 through to Level 3 Diploma. Successful completion of these courses can lead onto higher education study programmes either at university or within Tresham’s University Centre where students can study towards a Foundation Degree in Early Years Studies.




Vicky’s Story

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“I have progressed from level 1 Child Care right through to level 3. Initially I wasn’t sure if I would be suited to this area of study but I have really taken to it. Over the years I have been lucky enough to experience a number of work placements in infant schools and nurseries, and these have really helped back up the theory I have learnt in the classroom. I have also been offered a part time job at a nursery as a result of a successful placement.”

 Kylie’s Story

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I attended an open evening to get a feel for the place and from the first visit I found everyone to be very welcoming, and I really liked the environment.   The course has been so varied and the range of work placements I have had, including working in an elderly day care centre, nursery and special needs college, have helped me develop my skills. The work placements have also helped focus my chosen career path; whilst studying I have also been working part time as a support worker for Mencap, and after completing the course I hope to secure a full time position. In the future I plan to work towards further qualifications in Health and Social care through the Open University.

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