Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year TBC Full-Time Ashington Main Campus Full-time Vocational
TBC Ashington Main Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This course is for those looking to develop the core knowledge, understanding and skills required by the early years sector allowing progression to Higher Education. You will study a range of units that will link with your placement to enhance your knowledge and provide you with the competency-based elements of the qualification.

This dipoma is a two year full time programme of study that enables students to gain the knowledge and experience which will allow them to work with children from birth to 5 years. Upon achievement of the qualification, it is intended that students will be able to access higher education or enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

You will develop the core knowledge, understanding and skills required by the early years sector, including child development, play and learning, health, observation, assessment and planning.

Placements are an essential requirement for achievement of this qualification and you will be assessed in this environment.

Ideally you will have GSCEs at grade 4/5 or above including English and Maths or appropriate equivalent level 2 qualifications with the capacity to achieve English and Maths GCSE grade 4/5 during your time on the course.

All applicants must undertake an interview and apply for DBS clearance to demonstrate that they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working with children.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits. There is a recommended textbook for the course and access to a PC, although not essential, is beneficial.

The course runs for 3 days per week knowledge based in college and two days placement days to develop your competency skills, you require 750 hours at the end of the two year study bundle. The course is over 2 years - year 1 is the certificate level and year 2 the diploma level.

Synoptic assessment enables you to show your ability to integrate and apply your knowledge, understanding and skills with breadth and depth. It also requires you to demonstrate your capability to apply your knowledge, understanding and skills across a range of units and learning outcomes for which you are being assessed.

For the Technical Level 3 Diploma there will be two externally set and externally assessed synoptic assessments, one assessment covering the contents of units 1–7 and one assessment covering units 9–14).

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career.

From 3 April 2017, the requirement for Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYE) to hold GCSE English and maths A*-C (9-4) was broadened to Level 2 qualifications, including Functional Skills, enabling staff with an EYE qualification and Level 2 English and mathematics qualifications to count in the Level 3 staff: child ratios in childcare settings.

However, the Department for Education expect learners without English and/or maths GCSE at grade C (4) to be offered and encouraged to take up GCSEs as part of their Study Programme. Learners will need to have completed or be studying GCSE English and maths to have their study programme funded.

Voluntary placement (750 hours) in an early years setting is a mandatory plart of the course over the year of study.

To support enrichment and learning experiences we have strong links with employers and settings in the community and surrounding area, and offer visits, guest speakers and events throughout the course.

This is a 2 year course where you will be in college 3 days and a practical placement for 2 days per week.

This qualification prepares students to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Upon achievement of this qualification students will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or access Higher Education, for example Primary School Teaching, Psychology Degrees or Paediatric Nursing.

This qualification offers progression from the Technical Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (Yr 1). Upon achievement of the Technical 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.

UCAS Points: This qualification has the following UCAS Points -
D - 72, C - 96, B - 120, A - 144, A* - 168.


What’s next?

You can progress in employment to a number of roles in the early years sector working with children and families, or to Higher Education which could be a level 4 certificate in Higher Education with us or progress directly onto university.

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