What does the qualification cover?

This qualification is designed to build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 19 years. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas and is spilt into two pathways:

  1. Social Care
  2. Learning and Development Support Services.
Who is it suitable for?

Anyone who works or wants to work at a supervisory level in the children and young people’s workforce.

What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

How many credits are required to complete it?

The Diploma requires 65 credits.

How is it assessed?

It will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

Yes, you will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

How long does it take to complete?

You can usually complete it in a year.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (90 credits) or a Foundation Degree.

Home Based Childcare (CYPOP 5)

CYPOP5 Understand How to Set Up a Home based Childcare Service is still available for registrations as a standalone unit for the foreseeable future.  But why not take a look at our qualification the Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare​.

Funding for our qualifications

There is funding for this course. Please ask the coordinator.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

Social Care Pathway:

  • Supporting Teaching and Learning Workers – who visit families of pre-school children at home
  • Foster Carers
  • Children and Families Social Workers
  • Registered Managers of Children’s Homes, plus Deputy and Assistant Managers
  • Residential Childcare Workers
  • Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Advisers
  • Youth Worker
  • Community care officer
  • Professional assistant
  • Family centre worker

Learning and Development Support Services Pathway:

  • Learning Mentor