Adult Skills and Community Learning

If you want to work with children, young people or families we have a selection of courses that will help you on your way to a new career.

Take the time to read about the different course areas below to discover what is best for you.

Early years childcare and education

Introductory courses

These short courses are designed as a first step if you're considering a career working with children in an early years setting or in a school. They're ideal if you aren't quite ready to commit to a full qualification or need to decide whether a career in the industry is right for you.

Qualifications

Level 1 courses will develop your basic knowledge of childcare in early years settings. They cover working with children in schools up to the age of 16 years and are ideal if you need a step up to a full qualification or understand your own children’s development.

Early Years qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3 are designed for people wanting to work or who are already working with children or young people.

It may be that you would like to work with babies or young children, at home as a childminder or nanny, in a children’s centre, in a nursery or reception class attached to a school or in other early years settings where children are cared for. If any of these roles appeal to you then these are the qualifications you need to consider taking.

Children and Young People’s Workforce staff work or volunteer with children, young people and their families, or are responsible for their progress all the time as part of their jobs. Our qualifications cover a wide range of job roles from assistants to managers. 

Teaching Assistant Courses

These courses are for people who are considering a career working in a school environment with children or in a college with adults. There is a clear progression through the levels from introductory through to level 3 Diploma. Learners will start at the level appropriate for them.

Introductory courses

These short course are designed as a first step for people who are considering a career working with children in an early years setting or school. They are ideal for people who are not yet ready to commit to a full qualification or need to decide whether a career in the industry might be for them.

Qualifications

Qualifications at Levels 2 and 3 are designed for people wanting to or who are already working in a position that supports learning in schools, colleges or in the community.

Supporting learning either in schools, colleges, universities or in the community is not just about working in the classroom. The traditional role of a teaching assistant has become increasingly varied and now there are many different positions and jobs available in an education setting.

Perhaps you would like to work alongside a teacher in a primary or secondary school. You might wish to support a child or young person who has learning difficulties who attends a mainstream setting. You might have considered working in a school in an administrative, technical or other support role rather than directly supporting children in the classroom.

If any of these areas appeal to you then these are the qualifications you need to consider taking. They are designed to provide all support workers in education environments with the skills and knowledge that everyone who works in the sector is expected to have.

What our learners say

  • The course gave me the confidence to work in a nursery and be good at my job.
    Early years course adult learner
  • It has given me the confidence to look for other work opportunities that I wouldn't have considered before.
    Early years course adult learner
  • It has helped me to decide what I would like to do in the future!
    Early years course adult learner
  • I have been able to apply for Teaching Assistant jobs and feel confident doing so.
    Teaching assistant course adult learner
  • My teaching assistant course was a great experience. I can't wait to continue at Level 3.

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