Lincoln College Open Day
26 April, 2017 – 4.30-8.00pm
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This qualiï¬cation is designed to build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 19 years in residential child care professions.
Level 3 Diplomas are work-related, competence-based qualifications which reflect the skills and knowledge required to do a job effectively. Individuals are assessed for competency in a work situation based on performance, knowledge and understanding of the work concerned.
This Diploma is suitable for childcare practitioners who are employed (not working in a volunteer role) in a specialist childcare role within a variety of social care roles such as foster care, residential care or children's services. Consequently, practitioners must be working in a supervisory role or be able to work unsupervised.
Practitioners working within a school may wish to consider the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools as an alternative qualification as this may be more appropriate to their job role. And practitioners working in an early years setting need to undertake the Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (EYE).
Candidates must complete units to a minimum of 65 credits comprising of:
Optional Units (candidates to choose units to make a total of at least 16 credits) .
Candidate's must be employed within a relevant social care setting e.g. foster home, residential care or respite care and have a preferred minimum of one year's experience within the childcare industry.
Candidates must have good verbal communication skills, have the potential and opportunity to gain evidence for the qualification in the work place and be working with children and young people at supervisory level for at least 15 hours per week.
How long does it take to complete the qualification?
The duration of the diploma can vary depending on the individual but candidates should aim to complete within 12-18 months.
Which areas of work are assessed?
The diploma comprises mandatory core, pathway and optional units. For this qualification, candidates would need to complete the 14 mandatory core units (11 shared and 3 pathway units), plus optional units to achieve a total credit value of 65 for the whole qualification.
How is the work assessed?
The candidate is expected to build a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates knowledge, performance and understanding of their job role. A variety of assessment methods are used which can include direct observation; professional discussion; examination of work products; accreditation of prior learning/experience; reflective accounts. Candidates portfolios are electronic, known as ‘e-portfolio’s’ which allow candidates to submit evidence more easily; receive fast feedback; have continuous access to their portfolio and can easily track progress.
What training can be offered?
This qualification is delivered via the ‘Assess-Train-Assess’ model i.e. candidates are assessed for competency in a work situation and where there are gaps in knowledge, the assessor will provide taught input to bring the candidate’s knowledge and/or performance up to a competent standard. For example, for the early years mandatory core unit ‘Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety’ the candidate may be able to conduct safety checks on the setting but may not have knowledge relating to current health and safety legislation so the assessor would provide training on this.
Fees for the 2015/16 academic year are currently under review and are dependent on the individual's circumstances. Fees will be posted here as soon as they become available.