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Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

Course Code: GCE3C

Level: 3
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: CACHE
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One - two years

About the course

Do you want to study a childcare or early years qualification as your first step into nursery work, childcare or early years teacher training? If you are interested in listening, communicating and encouraging children, caring for children and babies, creative playwork and supporting parents and teachers, then check out our study programme! We will teach you the theory and practical skills to work competently, safely and effectively in a supervisory role with a wide range of settings with other professional groups. When you complete this course you can either go straight into work or further your training.

What you'll learn

Subject areas studied include:

  • child development
  • children’s health and wellbeing
  • understanding additional needs
  • play and learning
  • supporting emerging literacy and numeracy
  • preparing for school readiness
  • observations, assessment and planning
  • professional practice portfolio.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.
Entry requirements

In our experience, in order to be successful on this level of programme you will need an appropriate functional level in English and maths to be able to fulfil the coursework requirements and the licence to practice requirements:

  • five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) (must include English and maths)
  • a BTEC first diploma  in a related subject
  • an NVQ level 2 or technical certificate in a related subject
  • successful completion of an Apprenticeship programme
  • successful completion of the Gateway / Newstart programme
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

In addition to the above, level 2 qualifications will need to be at merit or above. You will be asked to attend a College interview and provide two references to support your career choice, one of which should be from the supervisor of the childcare setting where you have had recent experience. As with any care or childcare course, once you have accepted the offer of a place, you will need to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check; this will be discussed at interview and you will be expected to contribute £22 towards the DBS check.
Since October 2014, all students undertaking work experience in childcare settings are required to sign an additional declaration to confirm that they are not disqualified from working with children by association: this means that you confirm, to the best of your knowledge, that you are not living in the same household as an individual who is disqualified from working with children/young people.


There will be continuous assessment through unit assignments, a placement diary, a portfolio of evidence, placement reports and observations of your occupational competence. Functional skills will also be assessed during the course.

What's next?

On successful completion you may be able to progress to:

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.


Course Code: GCE3C

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £2500

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.