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Childcare and Education Diploma

This course is perfect for people who are passionate about working with children and who want to work at an unsupervised level – leading activities, supporting learning, and improving lives. This two year course balances theoretical and practical study, giving you the tools to succeed in this rewarding sector.
This is a more advanced course that looks at many approaches to childcare and working with young people. By studying diverse topics, looking at the different perspectives across the world, you’ll be prepared to respond to any situation, in any childcare or early years setting.
You will be based in College for four days a week, with a placement for one day a week in an early years setting, where you apply your knowledge of theories relating to child development and educational practice.

Upon completion, you could consider employment or apply to the Early Years Care and Education foundation degree at University Centre South Devon.

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"The course was local and exactly what I needed to further my career. When I opened my results I felt so happy and very proud of myself, gaining a first was a result of both the hard work and the guidance I received from the course team. I can now fulfil my ambition of opening a kindergarten abroad."Ben Steadman

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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We have courses to suit everyone so if you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for yet, we recommend you take a look at the following courses. We’ve selected these for you based on your interests.

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Student Life

Life at South Devon College is about being treated like an adult and benefiting from small class sizes. We pride ourselves in offering outstanding support in state of the art facilities.

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We offer a supportive learning environment for all students including free or discounted travel options, financial support, an exclusive Job Shop service enabling you to find part time jobs while you study, personalised learning programmes and careers advice.