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Common Core of Skills and Knowledge
Common Core of Skills and Knowledge
Common Core of Skills and Knowledge
Common Core of Skills and Knowledge

As you take this course, you will go through a series of sections designed to give you the basic understanding and skills required by those who work with children, young people and families. As you progress you will look at how you can assist a child or young person’s development, safeguarding issues, how to communicate effectively as well as useful laws and policies that you should be aware ok.

  • Has useful information for people working in a wide range of different sectors
  • Can be completed in your own time, at your own pace
  • Hints, advice and theories will help with knowledge transfer
  • High levels of interactivity, including challenges

Why take this Common Core of Skills and Knowledge course?

If all professionals use the same common language, the same which is outline in this course, then it will ensure that everyone works together and effectively In the interests of the child.

The course will give you practicable advice on how to approach certain situations involving children, make you aware of any policies or procedures, look at theories relating to child development and, ultimately, improve your performance within your job role whilst keeping children safe.

The content of this e-learning course includes:

The course is broken down into six key topics, all of which will be explained in more detail as you progress. These topics are:

  • Understanding principles and values
  • Understanding your role
  • Health and safety
  • Effective communication
  • Understanding the development of children and young people
  • Safeguarding


This course is accredited by CDP and the certificate, awarded upon successful completion, can be used to log your hours against.

Course duration

Approximately one/two hours to complete, depending on the speed at which you advance through the learning. The system will record your progress throughout so you don’t have to complete it all in one sit in should you wish to break it up.

Target audience

Individuals who work, or come into regular contact with children, young people and families. Some examples are:

  • Teachers
  • Midwives
  • Social workers
  • GP's
  • School nurses
  • Social workers
  • Youth offending service
  • Police officers
  • Early year’s workers

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Test and certificate

The end of course test consists of 15 multiple choice questions. Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark, and, if necessary, may attempt the test three times at no extra cost. If learners do not achieve the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting our support team.

Learners will be able to download a digital certificate on completion.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

Four easy steps to e-learning

Step 1: Find a course

You can buy one or more courses online for yourself or others and, whether you know what you’d like to study or would simply like to browse, finding a course is easy.

Here are some ways you can quickly find the information you need:

  • Search for a course using search box
  • Click "courses" on the top navigation. This page will show a complete list of courses, ordered by our best sellers and new releases
  • Browse courses by category, for example Safeguarding

Step 2: Buy the course

When you've found the course you want simply click on “Add to basket”. You can then continue shopping or check out and make a secure payment via the PayPal payment screen. This allows you to pay with most popular credit or debit cards or your PayPal account, and receive your receipt by email.

All our payments are dealt with by PayPal; one of the world’s most well-known payment providers – Great Britain’s no 1 preferred online and mobile payment method, so you can be sure that your payment will be safe and secure. Here at Virtual College we never even get to see your credit card details!

Once your purchase has gone through you will be able to continue to a login screen. Enter your name and create a password if prompted. This will log you into our Learning Management System (LMS) where you will be able to take the course or allocate it to other people.

You can purchase more than 10 courses online, however if you wish to purchase more than 10 courses, and you would like to be invoiced in advance, you can e-mail us on or contact our sales team on 01943 885 085.

Step 3: Take the course

For the best possible internet browser experience we recommend you use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox.

You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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