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Parenting and Young Parents to be

Course Code: PTB1

Level: 1
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: Edexcel
Qualification: Certificate
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Six weeks
When you'll study: Thursdays, 9.00am - 4.00pm

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About the course

Looking for antenatal classes or a parenting course for young parents-to-be? This ten week course is so much more than that. It is a specially designed course for teen parents and young parents in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall. Pregnancy is an anxious time for anyone, and the thought of becoming a parent for the first time can be a little scary. This course aims to help you overcome some of your anxieties by providing an opportunity to meet other young parents, teen mums and young single parents who will be asking the same sorts of questions. You will have fantastic lecturers who fully understand the responsibilities that parenting can bring. They will help you gain confidence and prepare you for your new parenting role. You will learn about child development, how to care for a baby, healthy lifestyles, how to keep children safe and much more! You will have fun, meet other young ‘parents to be’, learn many new skills and above all look forward to becoming a parent, whilst building your own future support network with friends you meet on the course. You will also have opportunities to talk to professionals from other support agencies who will reassure you and direct you to information and support as and when required.

What you'll learn

This is a short course which is usually delivered two days per week over ten weeks. You will receive a brightly coloured work book containing topics, assessments and information.You will study some of the following subject areas:

  • child development
  • healthy lifestyle
  • how to care for your baby
  • how to care for your toddler
  • creative skills
  • practical skills
  • safeguarding
  • and much more!
Entry requirements

Ideally, you will be a young person aged between 16 and 18 who is about to become a new parent.


There are no exams for this course.

What's next?

This programme of study may be used to develop employability skills which can be enhanced in the workplace. You will be able to improve your maths and English.

You may wish to progress onto a level 2 programme in childcare. The College has a wonderful nursery so your study does not have to stop when baby arrives!

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2017/18 (August 2017 – July 2018). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.