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Bedford Training and Assessment Centre (BTAC)

Bedford Borough Council has its own Training and Assessment Centre (BTAC), offering training advice and courses to both those working in the childcare profession and those wishing to begin a career in childcare. 

BTAC is accredited to deliver Early Years, Playwork, Teaching Assistant and Health and Social Care qualifications at Level 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, as well as QCF Assessor and Internal Verifier qualifications.

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About BTAC

The Bedford Training and Assessment Centre  (BTAC) was set up in the autumn of 2003. Its main aim is 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 are able to deliver early years, teaching assistant, playwork and adult care apprenticeships to Bedford Borough staff and levy paying organisations (subject to eligibility and availability).

Visit our apprenticeships page for more information.

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.
  • An annual celebration evening, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of learners completing a qualification with BTAC

Requirements for Level 3 Early Years Educator training

You must now hold maths and English in Functional Skills Level 2 or GCSE or O Level grade A-C or CSE grade 1, on completion to be included in your setting's level 3 staff ratios. International qualifications defined by UK NARIC as meeting GCSE A* - C.

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.

Paying for your course

Download this factsheet to see different payment options available.

Early Years 

Level 1 Award in an Introduction to Early Years Settings (PDF):

Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care: to be advised

Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (PDF): 19 Sept 2019, 7 January 2020, 23 April 2020

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (PDF): As above

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

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

Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner (PDF): from 10 Sept 2019

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

Application Form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk

Playwork 

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

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

Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork (PDF): As above

Application Form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk

Education support 

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning (PDF): 19 Sept 2019, 7 January 2020, 23 April 2020

Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (PDF): As above

Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges (PDF)

Supervise whole class learning activities - Unit TDA 3.8 - Cover Supervisor Unit (PDF)

Application Form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk

Health and social care 

Level 2 Diploma in Care (PDF): On application

Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (PDF): 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

Food safety and hygiene 

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Health and Social Care and Early Years and Childcare Settings (PDF): Summer 2020

Application Form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk

Assessing and assuring the quality of assessment

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (PDF): On application

Application Form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk

How to become a Satellite Centre

Would your setting like to join BTAC as a Satellite Centre?

You will need:

  • A qualified workplace assessor or a practitioner who would be willing to train as an assessor.
  • Practitioners who are willing to undertake their Level 2 or 3.
  • Allow the assessor time within the working day to undertake the assessment of candidates.
  • Release the assessor from work one day per month to attend Quality Circle Meetings.  

BTAC will provide:

  • CACHE log books and standards for the candidate and the assessor
  • Course text books on loan for both candidates and assessor
  • Continuous Professional Development Training with CACHE
  • Access to a training resource library
  • Internal Verification of portfolios
  • External Verification with CACHE
  • Support and Mentoring.

Further information

For further information please contact the office on 01234 228847 or email NVQhelp@bedford.gov.uk 

We deliver some courses on behalf of the Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Service (BESS), 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 BESS visit adult learning

Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council, working together

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