• Course
    Overview
  • Units and
    Structure
  • Entry
    Requirements
  • Student
    Support

Course Overview

You will develop the skills and knowledge needed to become qualified Early Years Educators.

Level
Level 3
Duration
40 weeks part-time
Awarding Body
CACHE
Course Fees
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Units and Structure

You will complete a range of units to achieve the qualification. Some of the units you will cover are:

  • Child development
  • Play and Learning
  • Working with parents and Others in Early Years
  • Meeting Children’s Physical Development, Physical Care and Health Needs
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

Ideally applicants will possess Level 1/2 Functional Skills.  Preferably Level 2 or GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths & English or equivalent.  We can however consider those who do not have these qualifications. To be classed as a Level 3 Practitioner all applicants need to complete a Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths qualification or have equivalent in GCSE to be utilised in setting. This can be studied alongside the course.

Applicants should have been in a suitable placement for approximately 12 weeks prior to commencing the course, working between 6 and 10 hours per week. This is to support vocational competence. You will be required to attend regular evening classes within college. Further details will be given on application.

Interview dates are available in June and July for courses starting in September.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

Progression and Employment

Foundation Degree e.g. Early Childhood Policy and Practice and Working with Children and Young People.

Successful completion will provide opportunities in careers including Nursery Nurse, Teaching Assistant, Parent/Toddler Group Leader, Child-minder, Nanny, Children’s Centre Support Worker, Teaching Assistant, Senior Play Worker, Special Educational Needs Worker. After further study you can progress into careers such as Early Years and Primary Teaching – please check additional entry requirements such as GCSEs.

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme

We're proud to be able to offer Dual Career Accreditation via the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme. This is a Sport England funded partnership between athletes, education institutions, and national governing bodies of sport.

The Scheme helps athletes in education – aged 16-plus – to get the very best from their sporting and academic careers without having to choose between the two.

Click here to find out more about TASS

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Apply or Enquire

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Have any further questions about this course? You can contact someone specifically about it by using the details below or filling in the enquiry form.

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Telephone: 0800 358 7575
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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

Ideally applicants will possess Level 1/2 Functional Skills.  Preferably Level 2 or GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths & English or equivalent.  We can however consider those who do not have these qualifications. To be classed as a Level 3 Practitioner all applicants need to complete a Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths qualification or have equivalent in GCSE to be utilised in setting. This can be studied alongside the course.

Applicants should have been in a suitable placement for approximately 12 weeks prior to commencing the course, working between 6 and 10 hours per week. This is to support vocational competence. You will be required to attend regular evening classes within college. Further details will be given on application.

Interview dates are available in June and July for courses starting in September.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course, please complete our online application form or download a printable form.

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