Early Years - Pathway

Education and Training

Education and Training
Education and Training
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Early Years - Pathway
Code A80008/1/1-20359
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Unknown/Not applicable
Course type Full Time


Specialist pathways are focussed on future careers or higher education opportunities. A pathway is made up of courses that allow any student the opportunity to achieve their goals and ambitions. If you are interested in working with young children this area of study will provide you with the first step onto a challenging but very rewarding career.


If you are interested in teaching or working with children, our range of courses will give you hands-on work experience, and our professionally qualified staff will help you get the most out of the theory, making you work-ready for your future career. With the current focus on high quality, professional early years education and care, this is a fast growing sector in the UK. Practitioners working with children in their early years are expected to be literate, numerate and function at a high level in a wide range of skills. They need a comprehensive understanding of young children's development, the importance of safeguarding, the need for appropriate health and safety at all times, as well as how to plan challenging, developmentally appropriate activities to support young children's play and learning and how to support young children with a wide range of additional needs and behaviours. And that's just for starters! Do you have a passion for working with the next generation and helping to mould the future of society? Are you willing to work hard, both in college and at your early years work placement? With courses at various levels, no matter what your starting point is, we have a course to suit you. You will be taught by qualified lecturers with a passion for early years education and care, all of whom have practical knowledge and experience of working in the sector. We also have excellent working relationships with early years settings across our local area, enabling us to place learners with a range of high quality providers close to their home for their practical workplace experience. Studying Early Years Education and Care at Ashford College will allow you to gain an internationally recognised qualification and develop your career; whether that's progressing to a higher level course with us, joining the workforce in a variety of roles at home or abroad, or moving on to University, Ashford College Early Years team can help you achieve your goals.

How will it be delivered?

There is a mix of assessments ; practical, on-line and end tests. At all stages you will be informed of your progress and you will be able to monitor how you are progressing with the systems available to you at College.

Entry requirements

We want you to succeed and attain your future ambitions. As such there will be a number of options open to you within the pathway you have chosen. Depending on your skills, aptitude and interests we will be able to offer you a number of options to help you towards your chosen career. These options will be explored at your interview, as well as giving you the option to see the College resources available. Any information about costs of ; equipment, materials , books that you may need for your pathway will be discussed at interview. Please remember to ask your tutor about any additional costs associated with your learning including trips and visits.

Your next steps...

Once you have applied to one of our Colleges, we will send you an email to create an account with us in order to choose an interview date. This system is referred to as the Enterprise platform and will look different to the Kent Choices platform.

This email will be sent to the email account you have used to set up your Kent Choices account. If your school blocks external e-mails then you will need to either ask them to release e-mails from us or use your own personal e-mail. Any questions about this please contact the College. Please check your inbox and junk folders. You must complete this registration within 5 days, after that the registration link will expire. If your e-mail registration link has expired please contact the College you are applying to. The College will be able to resend you the registration email.

        1. Open the email and follow the instructions to create a password

        2. Sign in using your email address and password

        3. Finish the application form

        4. Choose an interview date

        5. Submit your application request

You can also save your application for later to check dates or information before submitting to us.

You will receive an email confirming your interview date. Please add this to your calendar. Some pathways require you to complete a project or bring examples of work with you. Please check this email before you attend.

If you cannot attend your interview, you will need to contact the College to rearrange.

Your application is important to us and we want you to continue your education with us. Please do not hesitate to contact the College if you have any queries regarding your application.