Childcare and Education Diploma Level 3

Subject Area Childcare and Early Years
Course Type 16-18, Adult Learning, College
Qualification Level 3
Start Date September 2021
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Childcare and Education Diploma Level 3

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.

Course Details

Entry Requirements
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  • You must have a GCSE Grade 4(C) in Maths
  • You must have a GCSE Grade 4(C) in English
  • You will need to have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4(C) or above, including Maths and English
  • You will need to complete a DBS Check
  • You should have a genuine interest in this subject
What will I learn?
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  • Child development from conception to seven years

  • Childrens health and wellbeing

  • Working with young children

  • Child health

  • Play and learning

  • Supporting children with additional needs

  • Observation, assessment and planning

  • Emergent literacy

  • Emergent mathematics

  • Preparing for school readiness

  • International perspectives

Course Applications

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LocationPaignton Campus
DatesSeptember 2021

This course costs: £

If you are aged 19 and over at the start of the course, you may have options to help fund your studies with us. The funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and could mean you are entitled to fully subsidised or reduced tuition fees.

This course is fully funded for 16-18 year olds (if applicable to the course).

You may also be entitled to support with travel, childcare and equipment.

To find out exactly what you could receive, contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 for a free, impartial appointment, with no commitment necessary.


"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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