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Pre-Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care and Childcare

The pre apprenticeship programme in Care and Early Years will suit you, if you:

  • are interested in becoming an apprentice
  • want to progress into other further or higher education courses, or into new work area
  • are seeking to update and/or add to your employment skills
  • would benefit from alternative approaches to curriculum and learning 
  • need to develop your literacy and/or numeracy skills. 

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need a Level 2 qualification in Early Years or Health & Social Care (or equivalent).

Course content

You will need to attend placement in an Early Years or Health & Social Care setting two days a week.

Two further days will be in College where you will study the Level 3 qualification in Progression, plus Functional Skills Maths, English and ICT.

An integral part of the course will be job searching and applying for relevant employment/apprenticeships. Once you find a position you will be able to leave the course at a point throughout the academic year.

You will study a range of units, as follows:

Level 3 Award in Progression: (September to January)

  • Career Planning
  • Work Experience
  • The Principles of Childcare Practice
  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Level 3 Certificate in Progression (January to June)

  • Research skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Developing personal confidence and self-awareness
  • Investigating a career
  • Using Email

You will also study a relevant first aid qualification.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed throughout the course via Functional Skill exams, course work and assessments.


You will gain the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Award in Progression
  • Level 3 Certificate in Progression
  • Plus, relevant Functional Skills qualification

Funding information

On successful completion of this course you can move on to a Level 3 apprenticeship in Care, Early Years or Teaching Assistants, full-time employment in Care/Early years or schools or a full-time Level 3 vocational programme of study in Care, Early Years or Access.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

Start DateFeesLocationCourse Code
Flexible Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Cauldwell Street K1568


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

» Find out more and how to apply

Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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