Diplomas, certificates and awards

Our Diplomas, Certificates and Awards have been created to give you an overview of a particular area of interest and for you to develop a wide set of skills and experience that can be used for further training and development in a range of industries.

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You can progress from the Diplomas, Certificates and/or Awards to an apprenticeship with the benefit of the introductory knowledge that these courses can give you. ​Visit our apprenticeships page.

We also offer Study Programmes which are a range of courses for 16-18 year olds to develop their personal, social and employability skills. Visit our Study Programmes page

Diplomas, Certificates and Awards are only available to residents of Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL/TS).

Level 1 and 2 Diplomas


Eligibility

  • Aged 16-18
  • Reside in the Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL / TS) or within commuting distance of Darlington
  • Has lived in the UK for the previous three years and has the right to live and work in the UK
  • Already have or source a work placement or already be employed in your chosen area for a minimum of 16 hours per week

Click each course title to find out more! The courses last an academic year and allow you to study whilst gaining a recognised Level 1 or 2 qualification, which can be used as part of an Apprenticeship or as a standalone qualification. The courses involve some short work experience with a local business and the possibility of gaining industry qualifications, such as a CSCS card or First Aid, and allows you to develop your maths and English skills (if required).

Who is this course for?

This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be able to continue onto an apprenticeship in motor vehicle maintenance.

As a Pre-Apprentice learner you will gain valuable motor vehicle knowledge on a range of vehicle systems, which will be essential when developing practical skills, working with modern tools and equipment in our fully equipped motor vehicle workshop.

Practical training and assessments will be conducted whilst working on the servicing and replacement of a range of light vehicle components from all vehicle systems, including engine, braking, suspension, steering, cooling and fuel systems. During the course you will also develop skills in communication, reading job cards, locating vehicle data and carrying out a variety of measurements. You will also develop valuable transferable skills, such as problem solving and working to deadlines.

Work experience is also an element of the course to put into practice the skills you have been taught. This will also further develop the practical and problem solving skills required for progression on to an apprenticeship, further education or employment.

You will receive free meals during training days and also receive a weekly Arriva bus pass – these will be dependent on attendance to the course.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • You will need to be aged 16–18 before the start of the course.
  • GCSEs at grade 9–4 (or A–C) in Maths and English are desirable, but not essential as additional training will be given including an additional half days attendance at the training centre.
  • All applicants will be asked to attend an interview with the Trainer / Assessor and complete a short initial assessment. This will take approximately 45 minutes.
  • Please note: Diplomas are available to residents of Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL/TS) only.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers and become a qualified and successful Vehicle Technician.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to provide students with a structured and challenging learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their career plans. The programme will enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

As a learner you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills throughout your training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

The curriculum has been designed so that throughout the duration of the course, learners gradually develop a good understanding of the motor trade and develop the skills required to complete component replacement tasks, over a range of vehicle systems.

The curriculum will be individually tailored learners aged 16-18 and will include a substantial qualifications that stretch students and prepare them for education at the next level or for employment. English and mathematics training is also included, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4.

An element of work experience is also planned into the curriculum to give students the opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply the skills, they have developed during the course, in real working conditions

What will the course cover?

The Diploma course give you the chance to learn and gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst further enhancing your chances of gaining an apprenticeship or full time job in the motor trade.

You will learn the following mandatory and core units:

  • Competency and knowledge in Health, Safety and Good Housekeeping
  • Competency and knowledge in Supporting Job Roles
  • Skills in Materials, Fabrication, Tools and Measuring Devices
  • Competency and knowledge in Routine Light Vehicle Maintenance
  • Competency and knowledge in Removing and Replacing Light Vehicle Engine Units and Components
  • Competency and knowledge in Removing and Replacing Light Vehicle Electrical Units and Components
  • Competency and knowledge in Removing and Replacing Light Vehicle Chassis Units and Components
  • Knowledge of Light Vehicle Transmission and Driveline Units and Components
  • Knowledge of Light Vehicle Fuel, Ignition, Air and Exhaust System Units and Components
  • You will also be expected to take the additional qualifications:
  • Functional Skills or GCSE maths and English (depending on your qualifications)

What could I do when I have finished this course?

The main aim of this programme is to progress into a Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship Level 3 standard but other progression routes include full time employment or another full time training programme, within the same or different vocational area. You will also be given information and guidance to help you decide the next stage of your educational / career journey.

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to attend the Training Centre (Unit 2 Lingfield Way, Darlington) 2 days per week to work towards the theory and practical elements of the course. The remaining 3 days could be spent working, voluntarily, with a local employer gaining the skills and knowledge required to develop the skills you have learnt in the training centre.

Functional Skills English and maths are embedded into your training programme but, if needed, additional training is available in these areas to enable you to gain the grades required as part of the Diploma course. More information on your Functional Skills / GCSE requirements will be provided at the interview stage.

Your Diploma will take approximately 10 months to complete, normally starting in September and ending at the end of June.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your national insurance number, photo ID and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Who is this course for?

This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be able to continue onto an apprenticeship or employment in a Customer Service role, either face to face, in a call centre or working remotely.

As a Pre-Apprentice learner you will gain valuable Customer Service knowledge on a range of areas, including but not limited to: communication skills, reception services, customer sales, information processing,  rights and responsibilities in the workplace and many more. These skills will be essential when developing customer facing roles, working with teams and as an individual in a variety of work places

During the course you will develop skills in maths, ICT and English. You will also develop valuable transferable skills, such as problem solving and working to deadlines.

Work experience is also an element of the course to put into practice the skills you have been taught. This will be planned around the area / business style you wish to progress into and will further develop the practical and problem solving skills required for progression on to an apprenticeship, further education or employment.

You will receive free meals during training days and also receive a weekly Arriva bus pass – these will be dependent on attendance to the course.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • You will need to be aged 16–18 before the start of the course.
  • There are no previous qualifications needed to apply for this diploma.
  • All applicants will be asked to attend an interview with the Trainer / Assessor and complete a short initial assessment. This will take approximately 45 minutes.
  • Please note: Diplomas are available to residents of Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL/TS) only.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours in readiness for a customer service role across many sectors.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to provide students with a structured and challenging learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their career plans. The programme will enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

As a learner you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills throughout your training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

The curriculum has been designed so that throughout the duration of the course, learners gradually develop a good understanding of the customer service role in businesses and develop their skills.

The curriculum will be individually tailored for learners aged 16-18 (up to 25 if an EHCP is in place) and will include a substantial qualification that stretch students and prepare them for education at the next level or for employment. English and mathematics training is also included, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4.

An element of work experience is also planned into the curriculum to give students the opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply the skills, they have developed during the course, in real working conditions

What will the course cover?

The Diploma course give you the chance to learn and gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst further enhancing your chances of gaining an apprenticeship or employment.

You will learn the following mandatory and core units:

  • Communicate Verbally with Customers
  • Communicate with Customers in Writing
  • Principles of Customer Service
  • Principles of Equality and Diversity in the Workplace
  • Deliver Customer Service
  • Deliver Customer Service to Challenging Customers
  • Develop Customer Relationships
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Process Information about Customers
  • Resolve Customer Service Problems
  • Manage Personal Performance and Development
  • Provide Reception Services
  • Processing Sales Orders
  • Promote Additional Products and/or Services to Customers
  • Understand Customers
  • Understand Employer Organisations

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Progression routes include level 3 Apprenticeships, full time employment or another full time training programme, within the same or different vocational area. You will also be given information and guidance to help you decide the next stage of your educational / career journey.

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to attend the Bennet House, Horsemarket for 2 days per week to work towards the theory elements of the course. The remaining 3 days could be spent working, voluntarily, with a local employer gaining the skills and knowledge required to develop the skills you have learnt in the training centre.

Functional Skills English and maths are embedded into your training programme but, if needed, additional training is available in these areas to enable you to gain the grades required as part of the Diploma course. More information on your Functional Skills / GCSE requirements will be provided at the interview stage.

Your Diploma will take approximately 10 months to complete, normally starting in September and ending at the end of July.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your national insurance number, photo ID and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Course Fee

These diplomas are free of charge.

Apply

To apply please contact us or you can complete the Diploma Referral Form [word document].

Level 3 Diplomas


 

Eligibility

  • Aged 19+
  • Reside in the Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL / TS) or within commuting distance of Darlington
  • Has lived in the UK for the previous three years and has the right to live and work in the UK
  • Already have or source a work placement or already be employed in your chosen area for a minimum of 16 hours per week

Click each course title to find out more! The courses last approximately an academic year and allow you to study whilst gaining a recognised Level 3 qualification, which can be used as part of an Apprenticeship or as a standalone qualification.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who want to pursue a career in the health and social care sector or are already employed in the sector but would like to further their qualifications from level 2 to level 3, or from level 3 to level 4.

For those who are not yet employed in the sector, you will gain valuable experience whilst you volunteer in a relevant HSC role. For those already employed in the sector you will further develop your skills and knowledge and take on additional responsibilities.

For those who want to complete level 4, you must already have a recognised qualification and a job in the HSC sector.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

To be aged 19+ in order to qualify for the advanced learner loan and to have or be working towards maths and English grade 4 or above or Functional Skills level 2.

Must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

Must complete a full enhanced DBS and references.

If you are not already employed in the sector you will need to secure a volunteer placement within an appropriate healthcare setting.

You will also need to complete an application form and attend an informal interview before an offer is given.

Please note: Diplomas are available to residents of Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL/TS) only. 

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

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, which can be addressed during workshop sessions.

As an Adult Care Diploma learner you will need to be able to demonstrate appropriate competencies and knowledge, while understanding how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

What will the course cover?

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma In Adult Care

This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with individuals in a health and social care setting. This qualification consists of 9 mandatory units and a choice of optional units that reflect the job role and sector the learner is working in.

Following are an example of some commonly chosen optional units:

  • Understand how to support individuals to access and engage in education, training and employment (ETE)
  • Facilitate learning and development activities to meet individual needs and preferences
  • Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Promote nutrition and hydration in adult care settings
  • Support independence in the tasks of daily living
  • Support individuals to live at home
  • Understand how to support individuals with autism spectrum condition
  • Understand the process and experience of dementia
  • End of life care
  • Understand mental health problems

What could I do when I have finished the 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.

On completion of the level 3 adult care diploma, learners can progress into employment in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings within job roles such as:

  • Senior care assistant
  • Lead support worker
  • Lead personal assistant
  • Team leader
  • Reablement support worker
  • Assessor/trainer

The level 4 adult care diploma will enable learners to progress into employment in settings such as residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, an individual’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings in roles such as:

  • Community Care/Support Officer
  • Social Care Assessor
  • Care Assessment Officer
  • Social Services Officer
  • Brokerage Worker
  • Rehabilitation and Reablement Assistant
  • Independence Support Assistant
  • Reablement Support Workers/Officer
  • Telecare Assistant
  • Assistive Technology Co-ordinator/Officer

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will learn from your own home, have access to your Equal portfolio online and have support from a specialist tutor. You will also be supported within your workplace by your assessor on a one to one basis. Extra sessions within the training centre or via remote learning can be arranged. Your course will be 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your photo ID, National Insurance number and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

If you are eligible, and this is your first Level 3 course, you will be fully funded and the course will be free. If you do not met that eligibility requirement you must pay a course fee or apply for an adult learner loan. You will be given information at your interview on how to do this.

What shall I do next?

For further information please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who want to pursue a career in the healthcare sector or are already employed in the sector but would like to progress their qualifications from level 2 to level 3.

For those who are not yet employed in the sector, you will gain valuable experience whilst you volunteer in a relevant healthcare support 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?

To be aged 19+ in order to qualify for the advanced learner loan and to have or be working towards maths and English grade 4 or above or Functional Skills level 2.

Must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

Must complete a full enhanced DBS and references.

If you are not already employed in the sector you will need to secure a volunteer placement within an appropriate healthcare setting.

You will also need to complete an application form and attend an informal interview before an offer is given. 

Please note: Diplomas are available to residents of Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL/TS) only.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with or without previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

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, which can be addressed during workshop sessions.

As an Healthcare Support Diploma learner you will need to be able to demonstrate appropriate competencies and knowledge, while understanding how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy. 

What will the course cover?

This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with individuals in a healthcare setting. This qualification consists of 15 mandatory units and a choice of optional units that reflect the job role and sector the learner is working in. The content is applicable to a variety of roles, examples of which are included below:

  • adult nursing support
  • maternity support
  • theatre support
  • mental health support
  • children and young people’s support
  • allied health profession (therapy support)

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment within a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into further education. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses.

On completion of the Diploma in Healthcare Support Level 3, learners can progress into employment within a variety of healthcare settings such as:

  • Senior Healthcare Support Worker
  • Senior Healthcare Assistant
  • Maternity Support Worker
  • Theatre Support Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Children and Young People Support Worker
  • Therapy Support Worker
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Enablement Worker
  • Assessor/trainer

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will learn from your own home, have access to your Equal portfolio online and have support from a specialist tutor. You will also be supported within your workplace by your assessor on a one to one basis. Extra sessions within the training centre or via remote learning can be arranged. Your course will be 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your photo ID, National Insurance number and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

If you are eligible, and this is your first Level 3 course, you will be fully funded and the course will be free. If you do not met that eligibility requirement you must pay a course fee or apply for an adult learner loan. You will be given information at your interview on how to do this.

What shall I do next?

For further information please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who are looking to work in a residential childcare setting. If you are a new residential care worker you will need to achieve the qualification within two years from employment.

You must be working with a minimum of two service users to complete the qualification and will need an expert witness who is occupationally competent to give verbal and written testimony of competence across specified units in the qualification.

For those that are not yet employed in the sector, you will gain valuable knowledge needed for the 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?

To be aged 19+ and to have or be working towards maths and English grade 4 or above or Functional Skills level 2.

Must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

Must complete a full enhanced DBS and references.

If you are not already employed in the sector you will need to secure a volunteer placement within an appropriate setting.

You will also need to complete an application form and attend an informal interview before an offer is given. 

Please note: Diplomas are available to residents of Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL/TS) only.

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 residential childcare worker.

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 course will cover:

Core Knowledge - demonstrating your understanding of children and young people’s development, safeguarding and how to support children who have been harmed or abused.

Core Skills - You will demonstrate through being observed, questioning and completion of assigned tasks, your communication skills, assessment and planning with children and young people including risk management and supporting group living.

Achieving Outcomes - You will demonstrate through being observed, professional discussion and completion of assigned tasks how to support positive outcomes for children and young people in relation to well-being, health learning and behaviour.

Professional Practice - You will demonstrate through being observed and the completion of workbooks how they work in teams, engage with professional development and support the rights, diversity and equality of children and young people.

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. Potential job roles/careers could include: manager or team leader.

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will learn from your own home, have access to your Equal portfolio online and have support from a specialist tutor. You will also be supported within your workplace by your assessor on a one to one basis. Extra sessions within the training centre or via remote learning can be arranged. Your course will be 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your photo ID, National Insurance number and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

If you are eligible, and this is your first Level 3 course, you will be fully funded and the course will be free. If you do not met that eligibility requirement you must pay a course fee or apply for an adult learner loan. You will be given information at your interview on how to do this.

What shall I do next?

For further information please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who are looking to work with children and young people, for anyone who works or wants to work at a supervisory level in the children and young people’s workforce

For those that are not yet employed in the sector, you will gain valuable knowledge needed for the 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?

To be aged 19+ and to have or be working towards maths and English grade 4 or above or Functional Skills level 2.

Must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

Must complete a full enhanced DBS and references.

If you are not already employed in the sector you will need to secure a volunteer placement within an appropriate setting.

You will also need to complete an application form and attend an informal interview before an offer is given. 

Please note: Diplomas are available to residents of Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL/TS) only.

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 course will cover:

Promoting communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings, equality and diversity in the setting, implementing duty of care, child and young person development, personal development, safeguarding, working together and supporting positive outcomes.

Along with further units, 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 and 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?

During the course you will learn from your own home, have access to your Equal portfolio online and have support from a specialist tutor. You will also be supported within your workplace by your assessor on a one to one basis. Extra sessions within the training centre or via remote learning can be arranged. Your course will be 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your photo ID, National Insurance number and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

If you are eligible, and this is your first Level 3 course, you will be fully funded and the course will be free. If you do not met that eligibility requirement you must pay a course fee or apply for an adult learner loan. You will be given information at your interview on how to do this.

What shall I do next?

For further information please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for anyone interested in gaining employment as an Early Years Educator, working birth to 5 years and to gain the knowledge to work with children 5-7 years.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

You must be aged 19+ in order to qualify for the advanced learner loan, alternatively you may be eligible for the free funding should you meet the eligibility criteria. You should have or be working towards maths and English grade 4 or above or Functional Skills level 2 to enable you to gain full Early Years Educator status.

Must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

It is not essential for learners to be in employment to undertake this qualification but they must have access to a suitable workplace to meet the work experience requirements.

You will also need to complete an application form and attend an informal interview before an offer is given.

Please note: Diplomas are available to residents of Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL/TS) only.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This course intent is aimed to provide you with thorough knowledge to enable you to work within the Early Years sector working with children from birth to 5 years and to gain the knowledge to work with children 5-7 years. This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in employment within the Early Years sector.

What will the course cover?

This course will cover:

  • Unit 1: Understand child development
  • Unit 2: Support the holistic development of children
  • Unit 3: Safeguarding and child protection in Early Years
  • Unit 4: Promote the health, safety and welfare of young children
  • Unit 5: Support the health, well-being and physical care needs of children in Early Years settings
  • Unit 6: Equality, diversity and inclusion in Early Years settings
  • Unit 7: Support positive behaviour in children
  • Unit 8: Support children with additional support needs
  • Unit 9: Support attachment when working with children in Early Years settings
  • Unit 10: Support children through transitions
  • Unit 11: Plan, lead and evaluate purposeful play activities to support children’s learning and development
  • Unit 12: Support the development of reading, literacy and mathematical skills in Early Years settings
  • Unit 13: Extending children’s learning and thinking in Early Years settings
  • Unit 14: Assessment and observation in Early Years settings
  • Unit 15: Recording, storing, reporting and sharing information in Early Years settings
  • Unit 16: Working in partnership with colleagues, professionals and key individuals in Early Years settings
  • Unit 17: Continuing professional development in Early Years education
  • Unit 18: Competency units

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: you may decide to complete any of the 21 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?

This course will take place online via one of our online portals, You will learn from home in your own time and you will receive your login details following enrolment and are given access to your specialist tutor. You may be expected to carry out online live meetings with your tutor and in some cases have some face to face meetings throughout the length of your qualification. Enrolment is now open.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet-enabled device on which you can access our online portal.

How much will the course cost?

This course is £2573.00 and can be funded via a student loan ( we will support you with your application) although you may be eligible for the free funded option.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team by calling 01325 405601, calling, text or WhatsApp 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

Course Fee

  • adults aged 19-23 a full course fee will apply
  • adults aged 24+ who are unemployed or earning less than the national living wage (currently £18,525) will be eligible for full funding irrespective of prior achievement
  • adults aged 24+ who are employed and earning above the national living wage (currently £18,525) will be eligible for full funding if it is their first full level 3 qualification, otherwise a full course fee will apply

For further information please contact us.

Apply

To apply please contact us or you can complete the Diploma Referral Form [word document].

Level 3 Certificates


Eligibility

  • Aged 19+
  • Reside in the Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL / TS) or within commuting distance of Darlington
  • Has lived in the UK for the previous three years and has the right to live and work in the UK
  • Already have or source a work placement or already be employed in your chosen area for a minimum of 16 hours per week

Click each course title to find out more! The courses last approximately an academic year and allow you to study whilst gaining a recognised Level 3 qualification, which can be used as part of an Apprenticeship or as a standalone qualification.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for anyone Interested in working in the health and social care or education sector. This health and social care level 3 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?

The course is completed by distance learning, there is no need to attend any online or physical classes. Resources for the course will be available on our online learning platform. Learners will find it helpful if they have already completed a Level 2 mental health qualification

You must be aged 19+ in order to qualify for the advanced learner loan, alternatively you may be eligible for the free funding should you meet the eligibility criteria. You must have or be working towards maths and English grade 4 or above or Functional Skills level 2.

Must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

You will also need to complete an application form and attend an informal interview before an offer is given.

Please note: Diplomas are available to residents of Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL/TS) only.

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 sections:

  • 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 could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care, or you may decide to complete any of the 21 Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or to employment. These include : Certificate in Understanding Mental Health, Certificate in End of Life Care and Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via one of our online portals. You will learn from home in your own time and you will receive your login details following enrolment and are given access to your specialist tutor. Enrolment is now open.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet-enabled device on which you can access our online portal.

How much will the course cost?

This course is £724.00 and can be funded either by yourself or via a student loan (we will support you with your application) unless you are eligible for the free funded option.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team by calling 01325 405601, calling, texting or WhatsApp 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed to increase learners’ knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental well-being. Successful completion of the required units will allow the learner to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health. It will also support learner progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

The course is completed by distance learning, there is no need to attend any online or physical classes. Resources for the course will be available on our online learning platform. Learners will find it helpful if they have already completed a Level 2 mental health qualification

You must be aged 19+ in order to qualify for the advanced learner loan, alternatively you may be eligible for the free funding should you meet the eligibility criteria. You must have or be working towards maths and English grade 4 or above or Functional Skills level 2.

Must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

You will also need to complete an application form and attend an informal interview before an offer is given.

Please note: Diplomas are available to residents of Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL/TS) only.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This course intent is aimed to provide you with thorough knowledge and understanding of mental health and well-being. It will equip you with the skills needed to provide the required support for individuals living with mental ill health. This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in mental health, either for your personal life, or professional development

What will the course cover?

This course will cover 5 sections:

  • Understanding the context of mental health and well-being
  • Promotion of mental health and well-being
  • Mental health problems: associated issues and consequences
  • Understanding mental ill health
  • Working in mental health

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: Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care, or you may decide to complete any of the 21 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?

This course will take place online via one of our online portals. You will learn from home in your own time and you will receive your login details following enrolment and are given access to your specialist tutor. Enrolment is now open.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet-enabled device on which you can access our online portal.

How much will the course cost?

This course is £724.00 and can be funded either by yourself or via a student loan (we will support you with your application) unless you are eligible for the free funded option.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team by calling 01325 405601, calling, texting or WhatsApp 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for those who are either already assessing as part of an assessment team and / or wish to be involved in assessing and need a suitable qualification. You can take various routes (see below) and each is priced differently. If you achieve all three units you will receive the Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, anything less than three units will result in an Award.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course except for being aged over 19 for the knowledge unit (301). However, for units 302 and 303, it is required that you have access to two learners, an awarding body and have access to an internal quality assurer (IV, IQA). Furthermore for unit 302, you need to be vocationally competent in your subject matter. Our service may have learners that you could utilize.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The curriculum has been designed so that throughout the duration of the course, learners gradually develop knowledge and understanding of the assessor role and the requisite skills and confidence to assess learners in their setting.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment. It is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current issues affecting their role, which can be addressed during taught lessons and personal tutorials.

As an assessor you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills throughout your training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the learner, the employer and the provider.

What will the course cover?

The full certificate covers three units: 301, 302 and 303:

  • Unit 301 is a knowledge unit – understanding the practices and principles of assessment
  • Unit 302 involves assessing learners in their working environment and the assessor must have occupational / vocational experience in the area in which they will be assessing.
  • Unit 303 involves assessing learners in an educational / training workshop.

The course covers:

  • The function of quality assurance
  • The function and important concepts of assessment
  • The roles and responsibilities of the Assessor
  • Involving the learner in the assessment process
  • Planning for assessment
  • Avoiding risk in assessment
  • Legal issues, policies and procedures
  • Records of assessment

This Assessing Vocational Achievement qualification can be split into the following units:

Unit 301
Award in understanding the practices and principles of assessment - You complete this unit if you wish to gain knowledge and understanding of assessment but do not wish to carry out assessment of learners. 

Unit 301 and 302
Award in assessing occupational competence in the work environment - This award qualifies you to assess learners in their working environment.

Unit 301 and 303
Award in assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding - This award qualifies you to assess learners in an educational/training workshop environment.

Unit 301, 302 and 303
Certificate in assessing vocational achievement - This certificate qualifies you to assess in both types of environment.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

If you only study for unit 301, the knowledge unit, you can at a later stage add the other units, once you are assessing for an awarding body. If you achieve the full certificate, you are qualified to undertake the role of an approved assessor for an educational provider. If you achieve the full certificate, you could continue and apply to study for a Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance Processes and Practice.

Where and when will I learn?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session. For classroom based sessions please bring paper and a pen (or a digital device to take notes). Please bring a file to store your work.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

Course fee

This course costs £450, including registration fee.*

Studying Unit 301 only costs £150, including registration fee.

*There will be a reduction of £100 if learners already possess unit 301 (derived from a Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification).

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team by calling 01325 405601, calling, texting or WhatsApp 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

Course Fee

  • adults aged 19-23 a full course fee will apply
  • adults aged 24+ who are unemployed or earning less than the national living wage (currently £18,525) will be eligible for full funding irrespective of prior achievement
  • adults aged 24+ who are employed and earning above the national living wage (currently £18,525) will be eligible for full funding if it is their first full level 3 qualification, otherwise a full course fee will apply

For further information please contact us.

Apply

To apply please contact us or you can complete the Referral Form [word document].

Level 3 Awards


 

Eligibility

  • Aged 19+
  • Reside in the Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL / TS) or within commuting distance of Darlington
  • Has lived in the UK for the previous three years and has the right to live and work in the UK
Level 3 Awards
Awards Venue Start Date, Times and Duration
Level 3 Award in Education and Training The Coleridge Centre / Online  Wednesday 21 September 2022, 6pm-9pm, (12 weeks)
Level 3 Award in Education and Training The Coleridge Centre / Online Wednesday 4 January 2023, 6pm-9pm (12 weeks)
Level 3 Award in Education and Training The Coleridge Centre / Online Wednesday 19 April 2023, 6pm-9pm, (12 weeks)

Click each course title below to find out more!

Do you want to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (adult and community learning)? The Level 3 Award in Education and Training, formerly PTLLS, is the first stage of the Certificate in Education. If you feel like university isn’t the right direction for you, or your career aspirations have changed and you want a quick start, this course is the perfect alternative route into the world of teaching⁠. The course will provide you with the essential theoretical skills to teach in the lifelong learning sector and equip you with the necessary practical skills and knowledge needed to deliver training sessions.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for you if you want to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector or you are a Trainer or Tutor who has no teaching qualifications.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

You must be aged 19+ and be educated to English Level 2 or hold a GCSE in English grade A* - C. Previous teaching experience is not essential. All teachers in lifelong learning would be expected to possess both literacy and numeracy skills to Level 2. Candidates will be initially assessed by way of a short piece of academic writing.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course will provide learners with the essential theoretical skills to teach in the lifelong learning sector and equip them with the necessary practical skills and knowledge through a micro teach session.

What will the course cover?

  • The roles and responsibilities of a teacher
  • The role of the assessor
  • Teaching methods and assessments
  • Learning styles
  • Establishing ground rules
  • Embedding functional skills into lesson plans
  • Legislation and codes of practice
  • Inclusive learning and Equality & Diversity
  • Completion of three assignments including a 30-minute micro teach delivery

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could apply to teach in the lifelong learning sector. You could advance to the Certificate or Diploma in Education and Training or be exempt for the first part of a PGCE / Certificate in Education (the qualification has a credit value of 12 on the Qualification and Credit Framework and replaces the previous PTLLS qualification).

Where and when will I learn?

Start Date: Wednesday 27 April 2022
Time: 6pm-9pm
Duration: 12 weeks
Venue: The Coleridge Centre and some online classes

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session. For classroom based sessions please bring paper and a pen (or a digital device to take notes). Please bring a file to store your work.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

Course Fee

There is a course fee of £375 which includes registration and certification. There may be a fee reduction for those in receipt of benefits.

Course Fees

Individual course fees can be found in the course information tabs above.

Apply

To book a place, or for further information, please contact the Learning & Skills team by calling 01325 405601, calling, texting or WhatsApp 07932 869325 or emailing l&[email protected]

Level 4 Diplomas


 

Eligibility

  • Aged 24+
  • Reside in the Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL / TS) or within commuting distance of Darlington
  • Has lived in the UK for the previous three years and has the right to live and work in the UK
  • Already have or source a work placement or already be employed in your chosen area for a minimum of 16 hours per week

Click each course title to find out more! The courses last approximately an academic year and allow you to study whilst gaining a recognised Level 4 qualification, which can be used as part of a higher Apprenticeship or as a standalone qualification.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who want to pursue a career in the health and social care sector or are already employed in the sector but would like to further their qualifications from level 2 to level 3, or from level 3 to level 4.

For those who are not yet employed in the sector, you will gain valuable experience whilst you volunteer in a relevant HSC role. For those already employed in the sector you will further develop your skills and knowledge and take on additional responsibilities.

For those who want to complete level 4, you must already have a recognised qualification and a job in the HSC sector.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

To be aged 24+ in order to qualify for the advanced learner loan and to have or be working towards maths and English grade 4 or above or Functional Skills level 2.

Must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

Must complete a full enhanced DBS and references.

If you are not already employed in the sector you will need to secure a volunteer placement within an appropriate healthcare setting.

You will also need to complete an application form and attend an informal interview before an offer is given. 

Please note: Diplomas are available to residents of Darlington and the Tees Valley postcode areas (DL/TS) only.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

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, which can be addressed during workshop sessions.

As an Adult Care Diploma learner you will need to be able to demonstrate appropriate competencies and knowledge, while understanding how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

What will the course cover?

NCFE CACHE Level 4 Diploma In Adult Care

This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with individuals in a health and social care setting. This qualification consists of 12 mandatory units and a choice of optional units that reflect the job role and sector the learner is working in.

Following are an example of some commonly chosen optional units:

  • Advocacy in adult care
  • Lead practice in providing information, advice and guidance
  • Promote nutrition and hydration in adult care settings
  • Support individuals to access and use services and facilities
  • Undertake research in adult care
  • Mentoring in adult social care
  • Manage resources in adult care

What could I do when I have finished the 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.

On completion of the level 3 adult care diploma, learners can progress into employment in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings within job roles such as:

  • Senior care assistant
  • Lead support worker
  • Lead personal assistant
  • Team leader
  • Reablement support worker
  • Assessor/trainer

The level 4 adult care diploma will enable learners to progress into employment in settings such as residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, an individual’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings in roles such as:

  • Community Care/Support Officer
  • Social Care Assessor
  • Care Assessment Officer
  • Social Services Officer
  • Brokerage Worker
  • Rehabilitation and Reablement Assistant
  • Independence Support Assistant
  • Reablement Support Workers/Officer
  • Telecare Assistant
  • Assistive Technology Co-ordinator/Officer.

 

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to work on your e-portfolio in your own time. You will also be supported within your workplace by your assessor on a one to one basis. Extra sessions within the training centre or via remote learning can be arranged. Your course will be 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your photo ID, National Insurance number and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

You must pay a course fee or apply for an adult learner loan. You will be given information at your interview on how to do this.

What shall I do next?

For further information please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Course Fee

You will need to pay a full course fee or you will need to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. For further information please contact us

Apply

To apply please contact us or you can complete the Diploma Referral Form [word document].

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Case Study - Clare Hardie


Clare Hardie

I started as a Support Worker in 2010. My employer put me through my L2 Adult Social Care Qualification. I was quickly promoted to a keyworker / senior support worker. I stayed with this company for 7 years but found there was no real opportunity for me to excel or be promoted further so I started to seek out a new employer that would encourage my development and sought out opportunity to achieve my L3 Adult Care Qualification.

I enjoyed the support worker role, but I knew I wanted to do more. I knew I did not want to be a service manager so was unsure with the L3 what other opportunities it could give me. I was concerned that I would have to apply for an advanced student learner loan to cover the costs and that paying this back would be arduous.

I did not enjoy school and so did not do well in my GCSEs. I decided to do my Maths and English qualifications with the Learning & Skills Service first. Although apprehensive due to my Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and returning to these subjects again in my mid-30s, I was encouraged by tutors and supported at every stage. I enjoyed learning and meeting people from all different backgrounds and ages.

When I had my Maths and English, I knew I had to keep going to further myself and met with Michaela Peacock. We spoke about my history and that I knew I wanted to do more than Support Work. Michaela helped me to be sure that holding my L3 Adult Care Diploma would allow me to look at other areas of care work such as Advocacy and Counselling, not just continuing into Management.

I found that I enjoy learning now and I have continued to seek out other training courses with Learning & Skills and other providers. I found that the doubts I once had in myself have since almost gone. I found that attending the centre at least once a week helped me to stay on track and get through the course.

I cannot thank Michaela Peacock enough for all the kindness, understanding, reassurance, support and laughs to help get me through the course. Michaela was always professional, approachable and went above and beyond to advise me where to look or what I needed to do to meet the criteria to achieve my goal. I now have now career goals and am working towards them with a more positive frame of mind.

If I had not participated in the course, I know I would have either stayed as a support worker or reached burn out and have left the care sector completely. I would likely have returned to previous occupations in the leisure sector.

Following my course, I have recently started my L3 Education and Training Diploma. This will qualify me to progress in teaching/training roles in a wide range of organisations. Due to my work in Care I intend to deliver training to others and work as an assessor and eventually achieve my L5 EAT and teach Adult Care.

Learning & Skills has helped me a lot. I will continue to access the courses to help me to continue onwards. Michaela, my tutor, is still there with advice if I have the odd question. Michaela had every faith in me even when I was stressed working, trying to do the course and keep focused. Michaela is the tutor I wish I had years ago but I'm so glad she was and still is there. Thank you.

    

 

 

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