Diploma in Caring for Children
CACHE - Diploma
About the course:
The City Horizons programme is part of the new Foundation Learning programme and is individually designed for young people like you. The programme is aimed at young people aged 16 – 18 who are working at Entry level – Level 1. (GCSE grades D and below). You will have a varied and stimulating programme delivered by industry experienced staff. Many students successfully go onto other courses in the College and can increase their learning in the Early Years sector with a variety of courses to choose from. Tutors will guide you through the process to ensure you make the right choices.
Many of our learners start at this level and progress through levels 1, 2 and 3 if appropriate. Some will progress into work whilst others continue their learning at College. Please check this website regularly for updates on students`success. In March 2011 City College was inspected by Ofsted and these are some of the things they said about Health, Social Care and Early Years: "Teachers are very experienced and enthusiastic" " "Care, guidance and support are very good" "Technology is used very effectively to support learning..." "Interesting activities are well planned to inspire and challenge students and are linked appropriately to workplace activities..." "Students in childcare gain good skills in encouraging children`s development through play and implementing effective safeguarding arrangements." "92% of all lessons in Health and Social Care and Early Years are good or better" (Ofsted, 2011)
The Diploma in Caring for Children has been designed to underpin the main aspects of caring for and helping children to learn and develop. Throughout this unit learners will cover topics such as play activities, growth and development, healthy living, health and safety and child protection. This course is designed to work along side Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT. For parents and learners details about Early Years can be found on the CACHE website.
If you would like to join this course you will find this information useful. Students would normally be working at Entry level to Level 1 which is he equivalent of GCSE grade D and below. For any information about this or any of the courses at City College, please come along to one of our open evenings or events. We will be happy to tell you or your parents more about what we have on offer and if this meets your needs or is appropriate for you.
Learning styles determine the best way in which you learn. Some prefer to read and look at visual material known as visual learners, others will rather listen to spoken words or music that conveys a message. We refer to them as auditory learners. Many learners who want to work in a practical setting are `hands on` or are referred to tactile kinaesthetic learners. Through a simple activity and questionnaire we identify the preferred style and as teachers it informs the way in which we deliver our lessons to encompass all the different learning styles. After all, you may be equally more than one and lessons that underpin knowledge need to appeal to the way in which you learn to maximise your potential to internalise all the information that is presented to you. There are lots of ways to help you including a software programme used here at City College. It is called ClaroRead and it enables you to change the colour of the font, the background, the size of the text and many other features. For those of you who want to proof read your work, there is a function that will read back your work to you! Just one of many exciting ways that we use to help you to learn and retain that information.
This will be discussed on enrolment, however we have a small supply of used folders in good condition available on a first come first served basis. Please enquire when you enrol. We also have Wi Fi facilities across the College for those who use laptops and there are memory sticks can be purchased at the College shop.
There is ongoing assessment throughout the year for this course. Whilst there are no exams for this programme you will be required to undertake formal assessment for Functional Skills. Therefore there will be formal exams for Functional Skills – Maths, English and ICT
In order to progress you must complete all parts of the programme including Functional Skills.
There are various progression routes including:
Level 2 vocational programme
An Apprenticeship - this is employment with training
Supported employment or independent living
This course forms part of the City Horizons programme. Students will also be enrolled on IT, Maths and English Functional Skills in order to bring Literacy and Numeracy levels up to GCSE level. College open events provide a lot of insight into College life and what you can expect here as a student. Please feel free to come along and talk to teachers and students about their experience and to find out if this is for you.
If you would like any further information about this course or would like to arrange an interview, please contact Student Services on 023 8057 7400.
You can also apply on-line at: www.southampton-city.ac.uk