The Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (EYE) is for people who want to work in a range of early years settings and services with children from birth to 7 years (and their families).  This qualification gives students the understanding and practical skills to be able to meet the individual needs of the child in a supporting role. Upon achievement of the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education it is intended that learners will be able to access higher education or enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

What the course leads to

What courses can I do after this? 

The Diploma carries a maximum of 168 UCAS points at A*.  This would enable students to apply for a university course in a relevant area, for example an Early Years Teaching Degree.

What jobs can I get? 

Having a Level 3 could lead to a variety of jobs including:
• A practitioner in a day nursery or pre-school,
• Becoming a childminder, or nanny,
• Becoming a practitioner in a nursery school or reception class in a primary school,
• Working on the cruise ships as a youth worker,
• Working abroad as youth reps for travel companies.
 

What do I need to apply

To do this course you should have... 

You will require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 9 - 4  including English and Maths. Alternatively successful completion of a relevant Level 2 qualification and have achieved a Level 2 Functional Skill in English and Maths.

What about work experience? 

International entry requirements 

If you are not from an English Language speaking country, you will need to have UKVI IELTS 5.5. We accept a wide range of academic qualifications awarded overseas and use the UK NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) guidelines for international comparisons. For tuition and accommodation fees please visit www.thecollege.co.uk/international/courses/tuition-fees and our International Operations team can offer you advice and guidance before and during your studies.

Course costs

Course Code Start Date Costs 16-18 Costs 19-23 (with concessions) Costs 19+ (no concessions)
HAN3FC005E 08/09/2021 £50.00 N/A N/A

* Please note fees are subject to change.

International Fees 

For tuition and accommodation fees please visit www.thecollege.co.uk/international/courses/tuition-fees and our International Operations team can offer you advice and guidance before and during your studies.

Associated Costs 

There may be additional costs for the CRB check, Registration fee, First Aid, studenship books, course materials and placement polo shirt.

Course content

Course Content 

 In class you will be working on the theory behind topics such as Child Development from 0 – 7 years, Children’s Health and Well-being, Health & Safety, Play and Learning, Understanding Children’s Additional Needs, Supporting Literacy and Numeracy, Preparing for School, and Partnership Working.  You will also be required to complete observations on the children in your placements, a placement portfolio over the 2 years, and unit assignments.


You will be required to complete a minimum of 750 placement hours across a variety of age groups within approximately 6 settings (3 a year)
You will be taught in class by subject specialists and there will also be speaker’s from outside agencies who will be invited into the class to discuss various aspects of early years care and education in order to enhance your knowledge so that you will be able to complete your assignments to the best of your ability.
 

More info

Start Day/Time 

Hours of attendance and start date will be confirmed at interview or enrolment.

Duration 

2 Years

Attendance 

Full-time

Level 

Level 3

Qualification Name 

Level 3 Diploma

Awarding Body 

CACHE

Curriculum Area 

Applied Science, Care and Foundation Studies - Childcare and Health & Social Care

More about the course 

This is a vocational course with a high emphasis on practical application during placements and extensive written theory work when attending college.  Assessment of work experience is an important part of the programme and is carried out in a variety of work place settings with different age groups in Schools, Nurseries, Pre-schools, Children’s Centres, Childminders and families.
Students will be required to wear a college placement T shirt, black trousers and appropriate footwear whilst on placement.  Please note that this course is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.
 

Duration 

2 Years

Attendance 

Full-time

Level 

Level 3

Qualification Name 

Level 3 Diploma

Awarding Body 

CACHE