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Access To Higher Education Diploma - Childhood & Youth Studies Level 3

This course will help you pursue a career in childhood and youth studies, leading to further education and work in education and childcare.

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Key information

Course code: B0093S Course type: Access to Higher Education Duration: 36 weeks Start date: September 2018 Timetable:Monday and Wednesday 9.30am - 5.30pm Entry requirements: GCSE English and maths Grade C or above. End qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Education Studies Level 3 Awarding body: Laser UCAS tariff: 45 Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Course fees: £3384 Assessment: A mixture of presentations, essays and tests. Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Course aims and areas

This course is for people who are interested in working with children or young people in either an educational or welfare setting in professions such as teachers, social workers, or career guidance.

The course will look at the development of young people from psychological and sociological perspectives and consider the role of education in this process.

Course Units

  • Sociology of education
  • Sociology of the family
  • Sociology of crime and deviance  
  • Psychology of early socialisation
  • Psychology of education
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Development of education
  • Practical teaching skills
  • Independent research project
  • Work experience in an organisation
  • ICT for academic study
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Research skills
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Introduction to psychology

Why the MET?

This is a one year part time course with excellent preparation for university.

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary. Please see the key information listed above.

Minimum English language requirements apply for EU/EEA students and international students: IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

Course Costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.

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How to apply

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Work experience

The course requires you to carry out a voluntary or paid placement at a school or relevant organisation for a minimum of 20 days. 

Many students stay at their placement for the duration of the course as they find it is a practical way of learning which enhances their theoretical studies.


What's Next?

The qualification is an accepted entrance qualification to higher education and is suitable for those who are interested in a teaching career or education related career such as educational administration and management, educational welfare, social work, counselling and career guidance.

It can also lead to many other graduate occupations available to those with a humanities qualification. 

If you are intending to apply for primary teacher training you will also need a GCSE in English, Maths and Science at grade A-C. Please note these grades are currently under review and may be upgraded by the government.

All applicants for teacher training courses at university will also have to pass a professional skills test in literacy and numeracy which is part of the application process, and you must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the degree course.

  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

It is essential that you do some reading in preparation for your course on both educational and welfare issues in the press and media.It is also essential to research universities prior to starting the course to help with your university application which takes place in the first term.

You need to do a minimum period of five-six weeks, two hours a week, in a school or other relevant organisation to be able to complete the work experience unit. This must be carried out in your own time.
If you intend to apply for initial teacher training courses or social work it is advisable to start work experience as soon as possible as the universities usually require you to have completed at least four weeks in a school (20 working days) as part of their entry requirements. 

  • alumni Views Lisa Abbott

    “Lisa started on our Pre Access course and gained her GCSEs alongside studying on the Access programme. She was Awarded the prize for Outstanding Commitment to study from the awarding body, Laser.”

    Lisa Abbott
Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Youth or community worker

Typical Tasks:

  • Organises social, recreational and educational activities in local community and youth groups.
  • Undertakes the day-to-day running of community centres and supervises the activities of part-time and voluntary workers.
  • Liaises and supports voluntary workers running groups in village halls, churches, mosques and other places of worship.
  • Advises individuals with particular needs or problems through informal discussion, individual counselling or formal group discussion.
  • Helps set up credit unions, encourages parents to establish playgroups, works with other groups to find solutions to shared concerns or problems.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

66 Available opportunities 2.9% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £18,272

AVERAGE £25,155

POTENTIAL £35,120

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Child or early years officer

Typical Tasks:

  • Deals with issues relating to poor attendance at school.
  • Works with social worker to identify, plan and deliver appropriate support to families facing a variety of difficulties.
  • Advises clients and their families on available resources.
  • Writes up case notes, prepares reports, keeps up-to-date records on clients.
  • Makes referrals to other agencies such as social services and educational psychologists.
  • Attends meetings with colleagues and outside agencies.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

12 Available opportunities 2.3% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £15,990

AVERAGE £22,581

POTENTIAL £31,824

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Current Vacancies on Indeed

Early Years Practitioner Term time only Company: Acorns Early Years Centre Location: Dartford DA2
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Preschool Practitioner Company: Rainbow Preschool Location: London N10
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Level 3 Nursery Nurse Company: Little Gems Day Nursery Location: Waterlooville
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Nursery Apprentice L2 or L3 Company: The Mulberry Bush (Locks Heath) ltd Location: Southampton SO31
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Nursery nurse or assistant

Typical Tasks:

  • Bathes, dresses, prepares food for and feeds babies, changes babies clothing whenever necessary.
  • Supervises young children at mealtimes.
  • Plans and organises games and other activities and supervises children.
  • Reads stories, organises counting games to help develop language and number skills.
  • Writes reports on children's development and maintains awareness of health and safety issues.
  • Communicates with parents and colleagues on children.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

2382 Available opportunities 2.3% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £13,377

AVERAGE £15,425

POTENTIAL £21,255

Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Active Learning
  • Mathematics

Current Vacancies on Indeed

Nursery Assistant Bank Staff Company: Busy Bees Nurseries Location: Haywards Heath RH16
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Nursery Assistant Bank Staff Company: Busy Bees Nurseries Location: Basingstoke RG24
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Nursery Practitioner Level 3 Company: Busy Bees Nurseries Location: Hove BN3
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Nursery Assistant - Bank Staff Company: Busy Bees Nurseries Location: Camberley GU15
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Childminder or related occupation

Typical Tasks:

  • Assists children to wash and dress.
  • Changes babies' nappies and clothes as necessary and made up bottles.
  • Plans, prepares and serves children's meals and supervises children during meals.
  • Mends, washes and irons children's clothes and tidies their rooms.
  • Provides, supervises and participates in children's indoor and outdoor play activities to promote their development.
  • Takes children to participate in play groups or on appropriate outings.
  • Takes older children to and from school.
  • Maintains appropriate records of children's development.
  • Complies with regulations set by OFSTED and their inspection requirements.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

1542 Available opportunities 0.2% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £13,884

AVERAGE £16,926

POTENTIAL £23,439

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Mathematics

Current Vacancies on Indeed

French speaking live-out nanny Company: The Nurtured Child Ltd Location: Richmond
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Part Time Nanny in Islington, London Company: Little Ones UK Ltd Location: London
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