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Childcare Level 3 Diploma

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This programme combines theoretical study in college with practical experience.

Prepare to become an early years educator (EYE) so you can work with children from birth to 5 years old, and gain knowledge of children aged 5–7 years.

Employability skills are embedded throughout the course which will help you to find work in the sector when you leave the college.

Scroll towards the bottom of the page for details on the entry requirements and how you'll learn.

What I'll learn

The areas you cover on this programme are:

  • health and well-being
  • legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • play, development and learning for school readiness
  • professional development

 

How I'll learn

You learn through practical activities, written work and work placements. The placements, at local early years providers, are arranged through the college.

Employability skills are embedded throughout the course which will help you to find work in the sector when you leave the college.

This programme combines theoretical study in college with practical experience. It will prepare you to work competently, safely and effectively with children and their families in a range of settings.

On this course you gain:

  • a Level 3 qualification that’s recognised within the sector
  • an extensive knowledge of Early Years
  • skills for lifelong learning

 

How I'll be assessed

You are observed in placement by a designated assessor, placement officer and personal tutor to help you meet the learning outcomes set out by the awarding body (CACHE).

Tutorials support you with meeting the targets set for written work.

 

Entry Requirements

You will need five or more GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, a full, relevant Level 2 qualification, including Level 2 functional skills in maths and English, and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). You must have a clear CRB with no criminal convictions, reprimands or cautions.

We would also like you to have completed at least one week’s work experience in a nursery or school in the foundation/reception classes before the start of your course.

 

How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.