Bedford Training and Assessment Centre (BTAC) - Overview

Please use our online enrolment form to register your interest in BTAC’s courses. The BTAC team will contact you as soon as possible with further information.

For information on each course we offer please scroll further down the page to find out more.

Bedford Training and Assessment Centre  (BTAC) offers training advice and courses for those working in the childcare profession or wanting a career in childcare.

BTAC is accredited to deliver Early Years, Playwork, Teaching Assistant and Health and Adult Care qualifications at Level 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. 

Complaints Policy and Procedure (PDF).

BTAC was set up to provide high quality training, that will enable those working directly with young children to develop appropriate skills and qualifications, in a way that meets the diverse needs of an ever-changing workforce.

BTAC is committed to working in partnership with other professionals and organisations to achieve this aim.

BTAC is registered with the Awarding Body CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education). Grade 1 awards have been achieved from CACHE every time the centre has been inspected for quality.

BTAC learners can begin training at any time of the year. BTAC caters for each learner as an individual, putting in place extra support when required. Each learner is allocated an assessor who works with them on a 1:1 basis.

BTAC offers

  • Guidance and advice to individuals and employers on careers, training and qualifications.
  • A comprehensive annual training programme.
  • QCFs and vocationally related qualifications.
  • Training and courses for continuous professional development.
  • Advice on the availability of financial support.
  • A safe learning environment.
  • Equality of opportunity.
  • A quality assurance procedure, including an appeals and complaints system.
  • Subsidised costs and registration of candidates with the Awarding Body CACHE.
  • Access to a training resource library.

Level 3 Early Years Educator training requirements

These qualifications are designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age. They cover a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in children’s environments including early years, supporting learning and teaching in schools and social care.

Course details

Delivery of our qualifications will be by E-Portfolio supported by an assessor. The majority of these qualifications consist of 4 - 5 compulsory workshops, projects, assignments, independent research and assessor observations in your workplace. 

Duration 9 to 12 months at Level 2, 15 to 18 months at Level 3 and Level 5.

Please refer to your preferred choice of qualification listed below for further details.

Funding rules and course costs

See our page on how courses can be funded and how much they will cost depending on your circumstances

All funding is subject to investigation and review, please contact NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk for more information.

Early Years 

Level 1 Award in an Introduction to Early Years Settings

Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young People's Speech, Language and Communication: On application

Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinator in Early Years Settings

Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (QCF): On application

Application Form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk

Teaching Assistant courses

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges

Application form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk

Playwork courses

Level 2 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Playwork (NVQ): On application

Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Playwork (NVQ): As above

Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork: As above

Application form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk

Distance learning courses 

BTAC is now offering distance learning courses, please see details below.  

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health

Learners will gain knowledge, awareness and understanding of children and young people’s mental health in the following components:

  • Children and young people’s mental health in context
  • Factors which may affect children and young people’s mental health
  • Children and young people’s mental health concerns
  • The impact of children and young people’s mental health concerns
  • How to support children and young people with their mental health

Qualification details for Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health

Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Difficulties

Learners wanting to actively support individuals with learning disabilities will gain knowledge, awareness and understanding in the following:

  • The legislation and policies that support the rights and inclusion of individuals with learning disabilities
  • The nature, characteristics and context of learning disabilities and how to promote communication with individuals with learning disabilities
  • Basic principles and practice of advocacy, empowerment and participation in supporting individuals with learning disabilities and their families
  • How views and attitudes impact the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and their family carer

Alongside the above objectives there are a variety of optional units that make up a bespoke solution for each learner’s needs and interests. Two knowledge based units must be chosen in additional to the mandatory unit.

Two knowledge based units must be chosen in additional to the mandatory unit.

NFCE CACHE Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals With Learning Disabilities

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the effects, diagnosis, context and methods of support for these conditions:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Dyslexia
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Dyscalculia
  • Autism Spectrum Conditions

Qualification details for Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent

Learners will gain knowledge, awareness and understanding in the following components of the safeguarding and prevent duties:

  • The purpose and responsibilities of the prevent duty in order to reduce the risk of radicalisation, terrorism and extremism
  • The policies and principles of safeguarding including recognises and responding to signs of abuse, neglect or harm
  • Understanding the impacts of inappropriate or illegal online activity, how to recognise sign of concern and how to reduce risks posed online

Qualification details for Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent

Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools

Learners interested in teaching assistant or school support workers will gain knowledge, awareness and understanding in the following components:

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Schools as organisations

This Qualification offers direct progression to the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools for learners without a placement in a school setting

Once the learner’s attains a placement in a school environment of 8-10 hours a week, they can progress to the full certificate.

If learners already have a placement it is recommended they access the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Qualification details for Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools (PDF)

Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare

See information on our Childminder training course

Adult care courses

Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

Level 2 Diploma in Care: On application

Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care: On application

Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce - Social Care Pathway only (PDF): On application

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (PDF): On application

Application form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk

Course evaluation form

If you have recently completed your course with BTAC please let us know how we did using our online evaluation form. We are always looking to improve our training and your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Further information

For further information please contact the office on 01234 276339 or email NVQhelp@bedford.gov.uk.

We deliver some courses on behalf of the Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Academy (BESA), part of Central Bedfordshire Council, who provide us with funding. Courses are targeted to support residents in gaining skills relevant to the needs of employers in Bedfordshire or to meet health and well-being needs. Courses are free of charge, subject to eligibility criteria. For more information about the full range of courses and support provided by BESA visit adult learning

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