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Early Years

Pathways

Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

Build a foundation for your future in childhood education. Learn in our training nursery and benefit from our industry links.

With access to the College training nursery, students are supported during their studies, enabling them to recognise their potential before entering the childcare industry or progressing on to university.

Students benefit from structured placements, which is an integral part of the early years qualification. Extensive links with local employers provides access to placement opportunities and real-life training. A DBS check will be required for you to complete these courses.

Careers

Our courses can help you progress to gain skilled employment in many different roles, such as:

  • Nursery Assistant
  • Teacher
  • Au Pair/Nanny
  • Child Psychologist
  • Children's Holiday Rep.

Many of our courses will give you the necessary qualification to progress on to university or other higher education. 

We are currently running a T Level in Education & Childcare with the option to specialise in Assisting Teaching and Early Years Education and Childcare.

T Levels are a brand new qualification designed to give you a head start toward the future you want.

They follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels.

The 2-year T Level qualification brings classroom and work placements together on a course designed with employers and businesses.

You’ll spend 80% of your time in the classroom and 20% on a 45-day placement to give you the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.

Your T Level will help you to step straight into your chosen career, an apprenticeship or a degree.

Career Prospects

Example: Primary and nursery education teaching professionals

 Annual pay
£19,760 - £51,480
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK the workforce is projected to expand by 33% over the period to 2027, adding 135,479 jobs. In the same period, 74% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 301,488 job openings.

Role description

Primary (and middle school deemed primary) and nursery education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction to children at all levels up to the age of entry into secondary education.

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Are you?

16-18

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progess and succeed at College.

Here is a list of entry criteria for this pathway:

This programme of study is designed to drive your progression toward advanced employment or apprenticeship opportunities.

Achievement at level 3 will have a positive impact upon your future earning potential and career options but it also unlocks further progression to Higher Education and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.  These take you from advanced technician or skilled supervisory roles at Level 3 to management and chartered professional status as you continue through your studies to higher levels.

To study on this programme you will need the equivalent of 4 GCSEs grade 3, ideally including English and maths.

This course provides time for you to gain vocational expertise in your chosen specialism and achieve your English and maths to grade 4 or an equivalent. Achievement at this level will have a positive impact upon your future opportunities and open up new choices for you, including skilled employment, apprenticeship, or progression to Level 3.

To study on this programme you will need the equivalent of 4 GCSEs grade 2 to 1 including Functional Skills English and maths Level 1 or above.

This programme of study is designed to accelerate progression toward advanced employment, higher study or apprenticeship opportunities if you are clear about your next steps and you have the explicit entry criteria to ensure your success.

Achievement at level 3 will have a positive impact upon your future earning potential and career options but it also unlocks progression to Higher Education and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.  These take you from advanced technician or skilled supervisory roles at Level 3 to management and chartered professional status as you continue your studies to higher levels.

For a Level 3, including all T Level and A Level programmes of study, we require students to have an average point on entry score of 5.0 from their best 6 subjects, ideally including English and Mathematics.

In addition to the general entry criteria for T Levels and A Levels many individual subjects will also require students to have specific GCSE grades in specific subjects, and some will have a specified level of skill requirement as well as specific GCSE grade requirements. Please see the individual information regarding the requirements for each subject course.

What's next?

Step 1 - Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Courses at Canterbury College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Need more help?

Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Courses at Canterbury College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Why people love Early Years

Ellia Moore

Ellia Moore

"I learn everything from making a bottle and changing a nappy, to how to safeguard a child. I go to placement at a primary school; it’s amazing the bond you build with the children and how much they develop in such little time."

Phoebe Hartshorne

Phoebe Hartshorne

"The course is structured really well and the lessons are fun and easy to understand, and you are able to go at your own pace. Placement is amazing, you gain a lot of experience and hands on learning. The course gives you so many opportunities."

Briary Pre-School

Briary Pre-School

"For many years we have facilitated student placements, allowing students to gain practical experience alongside their theoretical studies. We have been lucky to work with dedicated and passionate students from Canterbury College."

What are T Levels?

T Levels are a brand new qualification designed to give you a head start towards the future you want. They follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent
CT1 3AJ

Telephone:
01227 811111