Childhood Studies at Kendal College
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Working with children can be one of the most rewarding of all careers, with a huge variety of jobs from working in exotic holiday destinations, to the challenge of working with teenagers who have specific needs. Students will study a variety of subjects, developing theoretical knowledge combined with practical skills in the workplace. The work placements are a key part of these courses as first-hand experience of working with babies and children is crucial to future career development and a great way to learn about and understand children. These courses provide a stepping stone to lots of careers whether in early-years settings or developing onto full teacher-qualified status.
“I tried a year of sixth form and decided that sitting in a classroom all day everyday wasn’t for me; I wanted something more practical. I knew I wanted to work with children, so when I saw this course I knew it was for me; it was both practical and work based. Through this practical work, I learnt lots of new skills which I never thought I would have and it gave me the experience to work with children within a wide age range. All the tutors are amazing! They help you to the best of their ability and spend a lot of time getting to know each and every one of us. As a result, you build up this great relationship; enabling strong communication and support on both sides. After college I am moving to America to be an Au Pair. This is where I live with a family; looking after and caring for their children. I found this opportunity through college and a leaflet they had given to me.”
Level 3 BTEC Children’s Play, Learning and Development
Our courses offer an excellent combination of academic and vocational study in preparation for employment or progression to university. Our team of experienced tutors have established excellent links, generating fantastic work placements and employment opportunities for our students.
Kendal College’s Childhood Studies department has been consistently judged Outstanding by Ofsted and enjoys an excellent reputation with local employers; from local nurseries to schools and children’s centres in the community. The Childhood Studies department is run by a highly experienced team of ex-industry professionals and their wealth of knowledge will provide you with a strong foundation for a great career working with children and young people. As we teach up to a BA Hons Degree within the department our tutors know exactly what you will need to be a success at university or the workplace.
Many of our students progress to university and Higher Level study such as undertaking a foundation degree in Children, Young People & their Services (CHYPS) and also leading on to a one-year BA (Hons) top up course at the College or at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to earn a full honours degree. Job opportunities open to students with qualifications in Childhood Studies can include many types of teaching, social work, counselling, youth work, and paediatric nursing. Many of our students have progressed into careers in primary teaching.
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