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Children and young people

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Working with children and young people can be a very rewarding and fulfilling career.

Whether you’d like to be a teacher, a support worker or work in a nursery, there are so many options available to you.

With our range of children and young people courses, you can gain qualifications to help boost your employability prospects within the sector and help your CV to stand out.

Most of our courses are free and we have many to choose from including:

  • Continuing Professional Development courses – these are aimed at people who are already in employment and who want to boost their CV or take the next step in their career
  • Distance learning courses - these are online courses and are ideal for people who have other outstanding commitments, for example existing employment or caring responsibilities
  • Level 2, 3 and 4 diplomas for people who want to progress their knowledge, develop in their career or who are looking to start a career in childcare

If you’re interested in a distance learning course, please complete the distance learning initial assessment form.

Take a look at our full list of courses in the accordion boxes below.

Level 1 courses Level 2 courses Level 3 courses

Level 1 courses including continuing professional development

Course summary

This in-person course is for people interested in working in nurseries or schools. You will learn about the National Curriculum, school structures, behaviour management and much more.

Who is this course for?

These is an accredited course for those interested in working in nursery or school settings.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

To be eligible for this course you must live in Darlington and the Tees Valley area.

There are no entry requirement for this course.

It is essential that you have literacy skills, as you will be required to complete written assignments in order to achieve this Level 1 qualification.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

Level 1

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable you to develop your skills in supporting and assisting in nurseries and schools. It will prepare you for progression on to Level 2 course. The course will improve your knowledge of the role of a school helper and assist in your own progression to further learning.

What will the course cover?

  • Roles and responsibilities of a school helper
  • Roles and responsibilities of a teaching assistant
  • The National Curriculum
  • The structure of a school as an organisation
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Confidentiality
  • Behaviour management
  • Teaching and learning styles
  • Hazards in a school environment

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to enrol on Level 2 course. Information will be given before the end of the course to help you choose your next steps.

Where and when will I learn?

Course dates and times to be confirmed for new term. 

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring:

  • a notepad
  • a pen (or a digital device) to take notes
  • a file to store your work

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge.

What shall I do next?

Apply for the course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 40560107932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This in-person course is for people wanting to work with children up the age of 5 years. You will learn the value of play, the roles and responsibilities of carers and volunteers, and the importance of links in the local community.

Who is this course for?

This course is for people wanting to work with children up to the ages of 5 years, gaining basic knowledge of childcare in early years environments.

Entry requirements

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • You must live in Darlington and the Tees Valley area

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course will develop your skills in the basics of childcare (up to 5 years of age).

What will the course cover?

This course covers the value of play, roles and responsibilities of carers and volunteers and the importance of developing links in the local community.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

When you finish this course, you can progress to the Level 2 Early Years Educator course.

Where and when will I learn?

Course dates and times to be confirmed for new term. 

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring:

  • a notepad
  • a pen (or a digital device) to take notes
  • a file to store your work

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge.

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This is a CPD course that is designed to help you learn essential skills for your workplace. You will learn more about safeguarding practices and how to respond to safeguarding issues. This is a short course that will be taught online in your own time.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who would like to understand safeguarding practices and how to respond to safeguarding issues.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course intent is to give you the knowledge you need to understand the impact of and key issues surrounding the safeguarding of adults and children. This includes how to recognise, respond to and reduce the likelihood of abuse.

What will the course cover?

  • Understanding the principles of safeguarding adults
  • Reducing the likelihood of abuse
  • Responding to suspected or disclosed abuse
  • Protecting people from harm and abuse – locally and nationally
  • Safeguarding children

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other Distance Learning or CPD courses, depending on your pathway of choice. Or you may want to achieve a qualification in Maths, English or ICT. Many free courses will be made available to you at the end of this course.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This is a CPD course that is designed to help you learn essential skills for your workplace. You will learn about the legal definitions of consent, the importance of gaining consent, the significance of consent in an educational setting and more. This is a short course that will be taught online in your own time.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at staff in an educational setting seeking to improve their knowledge of consent. Those studying qualifications in the counselling, community work, youth work or volunteering sectors may also find this course useful.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course intent is to improve employees key knowledge around consent.

What will the course cover?

  • Legal definitions of consent
  • Common societal myths and misconceptions
  • Importance of gaining consent
  • Responding to events and how to sign post

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other Distance Learning or CPD courses, depending on your pathway of choice. Or you may want to achieve a qualification in Maths, English or ICT. Many free courses will be made available to you at the end of this course.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Level 2 courses

Course summary

This in-person course is for people looking to build on their Level 1 Preparing to Work in Schools qualification. You will gain a deeper understanding of roles and responsibilities in schools, equality and diversity, teaching and learning styles, and much more.

Who is this course for?

These is an accredited course for those who wish to build upon their Level 1 Preparing to Work in Schools qualification and are considering a career as a teaching assistant in a school or college.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

To be eligible for this course you must live in Darlington and the Tees Valley area

You must provide evidence that you hold an English Level 2 qualification or are working towards it.

Preferably you have also completed the Level 1 Preparing to Work in Schools course.

To start this course, you are encouraged to obtain a placement in an educational setting.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable you to develop your skills in supporting and assisting in nurseries and schools, as well as colleges.

It will prepare you for progression to become a Teaching Assistant and improve your knowledge of the role of a Teaching Assistant.

What will the course cover?

  • Roles and responsibilities of a school helper
  • Roles and responsibilities of a teaching assistant
  • The National Curriculum
  • The structure of a school as an organisation
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Confidentiality
  • Behaviour management
  • Teaching and learning styles
  • Hazards in a school environment

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to apply for a Level 3 qualification. Information will be given before the end of the course to help you choose your next steps.

Where and when will I learn?

Course dates and times to be confirmed for new term. 

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring:

  • a notepad
  • a pen (or a digital device) to take notes
  • a file to store your work

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge.

What shall I do next?

Apply for the course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 40560107932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This course is for people working or wishing to work in early years education and care, particularly with children from birth to 5 years old. You will learn about communicating with children, health and safety, safeguarding and much more. This course is delivered online, but you will be required to attend the learning centre for bespoke classroom-based lessons.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or wishing to work in early years education and care.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Has been a UK or EU resident for the previous three years
  • Must live in the Darlington or the Tees Valley area
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 2
  • Need to be working in or have access to a placement in an early years setting, as these are not provided

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This courses helps you to gain the understanding and skills you need to demonstrate to be considered qualified to support young children from birth to 5 years old. 

What will the course cover?

This course will cover the following mandatory units:

  • Communication with children
  • Health and Safety in childcare settings
  • Safeguarding
  • Child development
  • The role of a practitioner
  • Plus more!

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment within a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into higher education. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses with Learning & Skills such as the Level 3 Diploma for the Childrens Workforce (Early Years Educator) or Distance Learning and CPD courses. 

Where and when will I learn?

  • This course is delivered remotely and you will have access to the Equal online portfolio and support from a specialist tutor
  • You will be required to attend our learning centre for bespoke classroom based lessons
  • Your course will be at least 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner
  • This course is roll on/roll off. You may start at any time of the year

What do I need to bring with me?

You will be required to provide the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Relevant certificates

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ Diploma

Course summary

This online course is for people who currently or are looking to work with children and young people and require the qualification for their role. You will learn the principles of bullying, how to recognise bullying and how to report it. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+, who currently, or are looking to, work with children and young people. The course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course intent aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of bullying, including how to recognise that bullying is taking place and how to take action to stop it. This qualification covers the definitions of bullying and cyber bullying, legislation that relates to bullying, the effects of bullying on children and young people and how to act when bullying is identified. Please note: The course focuses entirely on children and young people and is not relevant to anyone interested in an awareness of bullying in adults.

What will the course cover?

The course will cover four sections:

  • Principles of bullying
  • Recognising bullying in children and young people
  • Action to be taken when a child or young person is being bullied
  • Understand government guidelines for bullying

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or ICT courses, develop your ICT skills for the workplace or you may decide to complete any of the other Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or towards employment.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This online course is for people who require the qualification for their current role. The course covers understanding children’s behaviour and how to assess it, learning disabilities and sensory issues, the principles of intervention and more. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+, who wish to gain a better understanding of behaviour that challenges in children, including how such behaviour can be assessed and the avoidance techniques that can help minimise the effects of behaviour that challenge. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course intent is aimed to provide you with a detailed understanding of behaviour that challenges in children, including how such behaviour can be assessed and the avoidance techniques that can help minimise the effects of behaviour that challenges. You will look at how different co-existing conditions, such as a learning disability, a mental health condition, sensory issues and autism, can impact on behaviour that challenges and how to support those children who experience these complex behaviours.

What will the course cover?

This course will cover six sections:

  • Awareness of behaviour that challenges in children
  • Principles of intervention when working with behaviour that challenges in children and young people
  • Behaviour that challenges and mental health in children
  • Behaviour that challenges and learning disabilities
  • Behaviour that challenges, sensory issues and autism
  • Legislation supporting behaviour that challenges in children

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or ICT courses, develop your ICT skills for the workplace or you may decide to complete any of the other Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or to employment.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This online course is for those who want an introduction to childcare and development and require the qualification for their current role or future employment. You will learn about children’s development, the value of play, safeguarding, and using food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for learners who want an introduction to childcare and development. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their current work role or future employment. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent of this qualification is to give you a basic understanding of childcare, education, babysitting and parenting responsibilities. It will also help you to make an informed choice about working with children and young people and prepare for further learning within the early years sector.

What will the course cover?

The course will cover five sections:

  • Young children’s development
  • The value of play to young children
  • Importance of play for early learning
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or ICT courses, develop your ICT skills for the workplace or you may decide to complete any of the other Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or towards employment.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This online course is for those who would like to increase their knowledge of common childhood illnesses. You will learn about how to provide a safe and healthy environment for babies and young children, the types of common childhood illnesses and specific health conditions in early years settings. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

Who is this course for?

The course is for anyone who would like to increase their knowledge of common childhood illnesses. The qualification is suitable for learners aged 19 or above.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure of the course’s curriculum will enable learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of common childhood illnesses to enable them to support the development and wellbeing of infants and children they support / care for.

What will the course cover?

The course will cover providing a safe and healthy environment for babies and young children, understanding common childhood illnesses, and health emergencies and specific health conditions in early years settings.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may wish to progress to courses in health or childcare.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This online course is for those who require the qualification for their current role, and wish to develop a deeper understanding of autism and how to support individuals with autism. You will learn the principles of support, the influence of positive communication methods, and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to develop an understanding of autism and how to support individuals with autism. It is useful for learners who provide direct support and those working in sectors such as: This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

  • Health Care
  • Social Care
  • Leisure
  • Entertainment
  • Education and Training
  • Nursing

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent of this course’s curriculum is to enable learners to develop an understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism. It can open up avenues to employment, develop and enhance a current job role or develop confidence in supporting individuals living with autistic spectrum condition. This course also aims to support learners in progressing onto further learning. 

What will the course cover?

This qualification aims to develop learners’ understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism - covering the person-centred approach and influence of positive communication methods, how to support positive behaviour and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

The objective of this qualification is to help learners to develop their skills within employment in a variety of sectors, and in a number of job roles where an understanding of autism and knowledge of how to support people with autism is required.

Throughout this qualification specification, as in the Department of Health Adult Autism Strategy, we’ve used the term ‘autism’ as an umbrella term for all autistic spectrum conditions, including Asperger syndrome.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to continue onto courses such as:

  • Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young People with Autism
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children's Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services
  • Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Please be aware

The content of this course is very sensitive in nature and may be emotionally challenging. If anything you see or read in this course makes you upset or worried because you recognise the signs in yourself or others, please seek support either from the course tutor or another trusted source.


Course summary

This course is for those who require the qualification for their current role, and want an increased awareness and understanding of domestic abuse. You will learn about the signs and risk factors of domestic abuse, its impact, and the relative policy, response and intervention. This course is delivered online, but you will be required to attend the learning centre for bespoke classroom-based lessons.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed to increase learners’ awareness and understanding of domestic abuse and its impact. The courses is open to adults aged 19+ and tailored to those needing a qualification in this area for their work role.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent of this qualification is intended to give learners knowledge to support their professional role in this context. The need for education and training across sectors to enable identification of abuse, allocation of support and referral is a recurring theme within regional domestic abuse strategies.

What will the course cover?

Awareness of domestic abuse and its impact is important for those working in a wide range of sectors such as healthcare, social care, childcare, education, and housing. There is a need to understand the issues, report on those who may be at risk and support signposting to relevant services. This qualification is intended to give learners knowledge to support their role in this context.

This course is comprised of four units:

  • Understand domestic abuse
  • Understand the signs and risk factors associated with domestic abuse
  • Understand the impact of domestic abuse
  • Understand policy, response and intervention in relation to domestic abuse

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or ICT courses, develop your ICT skills for the workplace or you may decide to complete any of the other Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or towards employment.

Where and when will I learn?

Starting Tuesday 16 May 2023, 9.30am-1pm at the Coleridge Centre. Mandatory classroom based lessons at the Coleridge Centre, Darlington:

  • Tuesday 16 May (first lesson)
  • Tuesday 13 June
  • Tuesday 4 July
  • Tuesday 25 July

The remainder of the course will take place online via our online portal, you will learn from home in your own time. 

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 
  • Note pad and pend to the classroom sessions

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This online course is for those who require the qualification for their current role, and want an increased understanding of Prevent and British values. You will learn about online safety, safeguarding children, the six British values, Prevent (counter terrorism) and much more. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for those responsible for safeguarding others and would like to understand the Prevent Duty and British Values. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent of this course’s curriculum is to enable learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Prevent Duty, British Values and Safeguarding. It can open up avenues to employment, develop and enhance a current job role. This course also aims to support learners in progressing onto further learning.

What will the course cover?

  • The governments Prevent Duty and counter terrorism measures
  • The six British Values embedded in nation curriculum 
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Online safety
  • Duty of Care

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to continue onto other courses such as NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity. It could also lead to courses such as Level 3 qualifications in Supporting Teaching and Learning, Level 3 qualifications in Working with Children and Young People and Level 3 Certificate in Working with Vulnerable Young People. This qualification may support progression towards the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This online course is for those who require the qualification for their current role, and want an increased understanding of equality and diversity in both the community and workplace. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

Who is this course for?

It is important that we are all aware of issues of Equality and Diversity and have knowledge of our moral and legal responsibilities.

This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in developing their knowledge of Equality and Diversity and to be more aware of their responsibilities within their community and employment. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

This course is accredited, this means that successful completion of the course will lead to a Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The curriculum structure allows learners to develop their understanding of important equality and diversity responsibilities in society, community and the workplace. This widely applicable topic will support learners in a range of career options.

What will the course cover?

Three topics are covered by the course, these are:

  • Equality and diversity in society
  • Equality and diversity in the community
  • Equality and diversity in the workplace

Learning materials will be provided in the form of booklets, which you can keep at the end of the course. The learning materials cover all the information you will need to answer the assessment questions. Some questions do require learners to draw upon personal experiences.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or ICT courses, develop your ICT skills for the workplace or you may decide to complete any of the other Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or to employment.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Level 3 courses

Course summary

This course is for those who are interested in working in the health and social care or education sector. You will learn about autism and behaviour legislation, best practice in the context of autism, the diagnosis and management of autism, and much more. This course is delivered online, but you will be required to attend the learning centre for bespoke classroom-based lessons.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for anyone Interested in working in the health and social care or education sector. This course is ideal if you wish to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism which would support your progression into employment in the health and social care or education sector

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Has been a UK or EU resident for the previous three years
  • Reside in the Darlington and Tees Valley area
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 2

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This course intent is aimed to provide you with thorough knowledge and understanding of autism. It will equip you with the skills needed to provide the required support for individuals with autism. This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in employment within the Health and Social care sector.

What will the course cover?

This course will cover 5 separate units:

  • Autism and Behaviour Legislation, guidance, information and support relevant to autism
  • Living with Autism in society
  • Understand best practice in the context of autism
  • Understand the diagnosis and management of autism
  • Safeguarding and resilience in autism 

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment within a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into higher education. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses with Learning & Skills such as Distance Learning and CPD courses. 

Where and when will I learn?

  • This course is delivered remotely and you will have access to the Equal online portfolio and support from a specialist tutor
  • Your course will be 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner
  • This course is roll on/roll off. You may start at any time of the year

What do I need to bring with me?

You will be required to provide the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Relevant certificates

How much will the course cost?

  • This course is free of charge if it your first Level 3 qualification
  • If you have already hold a Level 3 qualification and are earning less than the National Living Wage annually (£27,040), or you are unemployed, the course fee of £724.00 will be waived
  • If you have already hold a Level 3 qualification and are earning more than the National Living Wage annually (£27,040), the course fee of £724.00 will be applicable and can be paid in full or part payments by yourself or your employer, or you can obtain a loan from student finance

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ Certificate

Course summary

This course is for those who would like a career in the children and young people sector or advance their current qualification. You will learn about equality and diversity, implementing duty of care, safeguarding and much more. This course is delivered online, but you will be required to attend the learning centre for bespoke classroom-based lessons.

Who is this course for?

  • This course is for those who want to pursue a career in the children and young people sector, or would like to advance their current qualification. If you are not already employed in the sector you will need to secure a volunteer placement within an appropriate setting
  • For those who are not yet employed in the sector, you will gain valuable experience whilst you volunteer in a relevant role
  • For those already employed in the sector you will further develop your skills and knowledge and take on additional responsibilities

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Has been a UK or EU resident for the previous three years
  • Reside in the Darlington and Tees Valley area
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 2

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

  • The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to gain the knowledge and skills needed to become a worker within children and young people services
  • The curriculum is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current and dynamic issues affecting their role

What will the course cover?

This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people, such as:

  • Promoting communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Equality and diversity
  • Implementing duty of care
  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding
  • Working together and supporting positive outcomes
  • There are also a range of optional units to choose from that you will be able to discuss with your tutor.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment within a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into higher education. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses. Roles you may which to progress into could include:

  • Supporting Teaching
  • Learning Workers - who visit families of pre-school children at home
  • Foster Carers
  • Children and Families Social Workers
  • Youth Worker
  • Community Care Officer
  • Professional Assistant
  • Family Centre Worker

Where and when will I learn?

  • This course is delivered remotely and you will have access to the Equal online portfolio and support from a specialist tutor
  • Your course will be 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner
  • This course is roll on/roll off. You may start at any time of the year

What do I need to bring with me?

You will be required to provide the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Relevant certificates

How much will the course cost?

This course is not funded, this can be paid via student finance

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ Diploma

Course summary

This online course is for those working or wishing to work in early years education and care. You will work through many mandatory units, including understanding how to support children who are unwell, how to support children with additional needs, how to promote children’s speech, language and communication, and many more. This is a roll on/roll off course, so you may start at any point in the year.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or wishing to work in early years education and care.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Has been a UK or EU resident for the previous three years
  • Reside in the Darlington and Tees Valley area
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 2
  • Need to be working in or have access to a placement in an early years setting, as these are not provided

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

What will the course cover?

This course will cover the following mandatory units:

  • Support Healthy Lifestyles for Children Through Exercise
  • Understand How to Support Children Who Are Unwell
  • Promoting Children's Physical Development
  • Plan, Lead and Review Play Opportunities Which Support Children's Learning and Development
  • Developing Children's Emergent Mathematical Skills
  • Understand Legislation Relating to the Safeguarding, Protection and Welfare of Children
  • Support Children With Additional Needs
  • Engage in Professional Development
  • Promote Enabling Play Environments
  • Support Children's Transition to School
  • Use Legislation Relating to the Health and Safety of Children
  • Use Observation, Assessment and Planning to Promote the Development of Children
  • Develop Children's Cognitive Skills
  • Support Healthy Lifestyles for Children Through the Provision of Food and Nutrition
  • Follow Legislation Relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Practice
  • Use Longitudinal Studies to Observe, Assess and Plan For Children's Needs
  • Support Physical Care Routines for Children
  • Promote Children's Speech, Language and Communication
  • Working in Partnership
  • Promote Children's Emotional Wellbeing
  • Promoting Children's Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Understand the Value of Play in Early Years
  • Developing Children's Emergent Literacy Skills

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment within a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into higher education. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses with Learning & Skills such as Distance Learning and CPD courses. 

Where and when will I learn?

  • This course is delivered remotely and you will have access to the Equal online portfolio and support from a specialist tutor
  • Your course will be at least 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner
  • This course is roll on/roll off. You may start at any time of the year

What do I need to bring with me?

You will be required to provide the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Relevant certificates

How much will the course cost?

  • This course is free of charge if it your first Level 3 qualification
  • If you have already hold a Level 3 qualification and are earning less than the National Living Wage annually (£27,040), or you are unemployed, the course fee of £2573.00 will be waived
  • If you have already hold a Level 3 qualification and are earning more than the National Living Wage annually (£27,040), the course fee of £2573.00 will be applicable and can be paid in full or part payments by yourself or your employer, or you can obtain a loan from student finance

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ Diploma

Course summary

This online course is for those working in roles that offer specialist support for pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools, or colleges. You will learn all aspects of specialist support, including planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies, bilingual support, personal development and reflective practice, and more. This is a roll on/roll off course, so you may start at any point in the year.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is aimed at learners working in roles that offer specialist support for pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools, as well as colleges.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Has been a UK or EU resident for the previous three years
  • Reside in the Darlington and Tees Valley area
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 2
  • Need to be working in or have access to a placement in an early years setting, as these are not provided

What will the course cover?

This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school and college environments. It covers all aspects of specialist support including planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher; bilingual support; special needs support; and personal development and reflective practice.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment within a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into higher education. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses with Learning & Skills such as Distance Learning and CPD courses. 

Where and when will I learn?

  • This course is delivered remotely and you will have access to the Equal online portfolio and support from a specialist tutor
  • Your course will be at least 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner
  • This course is roll on/roll off. You may start at any time of the year

What do I need to bring with me?

You will be required to provide the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Relevant certificates

How much will the course cost?

  • This course is free of charge if it your first Level 3 qualification
  • If you have already hold a Level 3 qualification and are earning less than the National Living Wage annually (£27,040), or you are unemployed, the course fee of £2573.00 will be waived
  • If you have already hold a Level 3 qualification and are earning more than the National Living Wage annually (£27,040), the course fee of £2573.00 will be applicable and can be paid in full or part payments by yourself or your employer, or you can obtain a loan from student finance

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ Diploma

Need more information?

If you have any queries about our children and young people courses, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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