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    Hi All,

    I would really like some helpful advice on this as soon as possible!

    I have been offered to work in a Nursery on an apprenticeship for 2 days a week. The workplace would like to put me on a Level 3 Childcare course.

    My questions:
    Would I be able to do an apprenticeship and my degree with OU as my main concerns are:

    a). Would I have to contribute to the NVQ course fees as I'm 24 and by the time the apprenticeship finishes I will be 25 (depends- but could take a year to complete)?

    b) Would the student finance affect the apprenticeship as I am 24?

    c) Do I need to notify the OU of the apprenticeship?

    Any other advice would be helpful!

    Thanks,
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    Hey Amrita, its Laila. How are you?

    The course costs around £300 and you would have to pay it yourself as you're 24.
    I don't think there are loans anymore to cover the fees for people 24 and over, read this :

    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...iceships-guide

    and you don't have to notify the Open Uni as they usually allow people to work alongside their studies :

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1942179
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    A level 3 course usually takes 2 yrs to complete (possibly longer depending on your circumstances), the OU shouldnt need to be told about the apprenticeship as its technically a job. As for the NVQ fees, if the nursery is partnered with a college to deliver the course then you shouldn't have to pay if they consider you a full time student, but if you are a part time student or are entering as a private candidate you may have to pay (or your work may pay for you.)


    I honestly wouldnt bother doing the apprenticeship and the level 3 if you are doing a degree. It makes more sense to get a proper well paid job (even if its not in the childcare sector) to support you through your studies and then get experience working with children as a volunteer/hobby instead. Once you obtain your degree, no-one will care about the Level 3.

    All the best.
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    (Original post by MJlover)
    Hey Amrita, its Laila. How are you?

    The course costs around £300 and you would have to pay it yourself as you're 24.
    I don't think there are loans anymore to cover the fees for people 24 and over, read this :

    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...iceships-guide

    and you don't have to notify the Open Uni as they usually allow people to work alongside their studies :

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1942179
    Thanks mate! Much appreciated
 
 
 
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