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The college is open, and we are still accepting full-time applications for 2020-2021. Hygiene measures are in place to make the college as safe as it can be for our learners, staff and guests.

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Childhood Studies

Childcare and education is one of the most exciting and rewarding sectors and one that needs top quality staff at all levels and offers plenty of career choice, working with children of all ages and within various settings.

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Course Overview

Learners will acquire and use skills of communication, risk management, assessment and planning of care and promoting resilience as they complete the qualification through work-based learning opportunities.

Other topics covered include:
- Understanding the development of children and young people in residential childcare
- How to support positive outcomes for children and young people
- How to support children and young people who have experienced harm or abuse.

Upon achievement of this qualification, the learner will be equipped as an Residential Childcare Practitioner.

The qualification is aimed at learners who are employed in suitable roles within homes, schools or colleges. Learner knowledge and understanding that comes from working in these environments is a requirement for this qualification.

All topics will be internally assessed using a range of methods including direct observation within the workplace, written assignments and professional discussion.

This is a work-based qualification. Learners must be employed in a home, school or college setting at Level 3 to complete this qualification.

Entry Requirements

Learners must be at least 18 years old and employed in a suitable role within a home, school or college. Previous Level 3 study is a clear advantage but wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding working in homes, schools or colleges is a requirement for this CPD qualification. Entry is at the discretion of the college. Kendal College will ensure that this course is appropriate for the age and ability of the learner. This may involve an assessment to ensure learners can meet the criteria and comply with the relevant literacy, numeracy, and health and safety aspects of this course.

After Your Course

This qualification provides the suitable level of occupational competence to meet minimum regulatory and registration requirements for the sector.

Achievement of this pathway will enable learners to access higher level jobs within the sector, e.g. senior residential childcare worker, advanced practitioner in residential childcare, senior support worker in residential childcare.

There is also opportunity for learners to go on to further study at higher levels, particularly working towards:
- Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare
- Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care or Therapeutic Care



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/20
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course


The fees displayed are for the 1 year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please contact us for the cost of the second year as it will be different.

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.

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