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Leadership for Childrens Care, Learning and Development (Level 5 Higher Level Apprenticeship)

Early Years

Course Overview

This course is for senior practitioners in a leadership or management role who work within early years and childcare settings including day nurseries, crèches, playgroups and pre-school settings. The course is also suitable for practitioners who have an opportunity to be appointed into leadership roles within the setting. It is flexible and delivered to meet the individual needs of the busy professional practitioner in partnership with their employer. The employer provides a work based mentor and the College delivers knowledge based units and a work placement assessor who works with each individual apprentice to extend and build on their knowledge and competency at this level. The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children’s Care, Learning & Development (Management) NI provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the sector. It is delivered over 2 years with classes scheduled weekly. The course aims to provide the apprentices with the skills and knowledge needed to manage practice and lead others in children’s care, learning and development.

Please note - you must upload a CV and personal statement in support of your application
  • Start Date
    15 Sep 2022
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Important Message

Fees must be paid at the time of enrolment, or arrangements should be put in place to pay by instalments. The full fee includes tuition, registration and examination fees (where relevant). Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to a reduced (concessionary) fee. Reduced fees are applied to the cost of tuition only. Failure to enrol before the Awarding Body deadline may result in you incurring a late fee.

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Higher Level Apprenticeship in Leadership for Childrens Care, Learning and Development
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 15/09/2022

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

•To be newly appointed or promoted to a position of Deputy Leader, Leader, Assistant Managers or Deputy Manager in children's care, learning and development setting.• Keen to progress their career• Be a minimum age of at least 19 years old.• Have a minimum of GCSE English at Grade C or equivalent• Hold a Level 3 qualification in CCLDA pre-course information session will be held for applicants – each applicant must attend. Those students who do not possess GCSE Maths or equivalent will be encouraged to complete Essential Skills Numeracy.

What's Next?

Further Study

Upon successful completion, opportunities exist for progression to employment or university. Previous graduates have progressed to the (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies.


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    I progressed from NWRC directly into final year of a degree programme at Glasgow School of Art, along with my twin sister.
    Tipsudar Cochrane
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    My time at the College has been amazing. The tutors are so helpful and encouraging, even in these difficult times where things are anything but normal. I can not recommend this course enough for anyone who has a passion for Art and Design!
    Rachel Buckley

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