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Early Years Educator Level 3

Course title: Early Years Educator Level 3 Course level: Level 3
Qualification: Technical Diploma Awarding body: Not available
UCAS code: Not applicable Academic year: 2018 - 2019
Course delivery: Full-time Course length: Two years
Venue: Broad Oak Campus


The Level 3 Technical Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to five years and gain knowledge of children aged five to seven years.

Learners taking the Diploma need to have access to real work environments as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

Learners are required to attend placement in a real work environment, 750 hours are required to support learning and assessments.

Upon achievement of this qualification, it is intended that learners will be able to access higher education or enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. This qualification confers the licence to practise as an Early Years Educator.

Completion of this qualification is achieved through a mixture of classroom based learning and experience in a real work environment. It can usually be completed in two years.

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or wishing to work in early years education and care. It is also suitable for those wishing to progress to Higher Education.

This qualification has been awarded UCAS tariff points. For a full breakdown of points, please see the UCAS webpage.

Modules and units

In order to achieve the Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) learners must complete 14 mandatory units Guided Learning: 938 (hours), including all the criteria learners must know about within the delivery requirements and Learners taking the Diploma must also complete the extended assessments – CCE1 and DCE2 (externally set, externally marked).

This Diploma is comprised of 14 mandatory units which cover the following key subject areas:

  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Child health
  • Children’s additional needs
  • Children’s health and well-being
  • Competence-based professional practice portfolio covering the above areas
  • Emergent literacy
  • Emergent mathematics
  • International perspectives on childcare and education
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Play and learning
  • Preparing for school readiness
  • Professional partnerships in early years
  • Providing safe environments for children
  • Reflective practice for professional development.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade D/3 and above, including English and maths.

Applicants who have not achieved at least a grade C/4 in English and maths will continue to study these subjects alongside their chosen college course.

How will I be assessed?

In order to achieve the Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) learners must achieve a pass grade in the externally set, internally assessed unit assessments for 14 mandatory units. All units are graded A*-D.

Learners taking the Diploma must also complete the extended assessments – CCE1 and DCE2 (externally set, externally marked).

Progression and employment

Learners can progress into various unsupervised job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Early years educator
  • Home based child carer
  • Nanny
  • Practitioner in day nurseries
  • Practitioner in nursery schools
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • Pre-school worker.

The Diploma is a full and relevant qualification and in combination with GCSE English and maths at grade C/3 or above provides learners with a licence to practise as an Early Years Educator. It also enables learners to progress to Higher Education.

How much will the course cost me?

This course is free of charge for 16 – 18 year olds. There may be an additional cost for trips and equipment but this will be disclosed prior to starting your course.

How do I apply?

You can apply online (see apply now button), call 01254 354354 or pop into our College to collect an application form.

Additional and key information

If you have any queries please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance Team on 01254 354354 or email

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