Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2019/20) and are subject to change next year.

For students under 19

Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.

For students aged 19 or over

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.

International Students

Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.


About this course

This qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. Upon achievement of this qualification you will be able to enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator or access Higher Education.

In order to achieve the Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) you must achieve a pass grade D or above in all externally set, internally assessed unit assessments for 14 mandatory units. You must also achieve a pass grade D or above for the external assessments.

You will build a portfolio of evidence and undertake assessments

This is a 2 year course: three days in college and two days in placement.

Entry Requirements

You will normally require 5 GCSE at Grades 9-4/A*-C including English language and Maths There. Those without this level of qualification may be considered if the have complete the L2 Introduction to Childcare course in Early Years Education.

Assessment Method

This qualification will be internally and externally assessed using a range of methods, which could include written assignments and external tasks. You will also complete a portfolio of evidence.

To achieve the Diploma the learner must complete 3 mandatory units.

  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Unit 2 Childrens health and well-being
  • Providing safe environments for children
  • Child health
  • Play and learning
  • Understanding childrens additional needs 3
  • Observation, assessment and planning
Progression Opportunities

Once the Diploma is achieved the progression to Higher Education can be made. You can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

  • Early Years Educator practitioner
  • Early Years workforce practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • Nanny
Study Methods

You will be taught using a variety of methods, such as having discussions, watching/ preparing presentations, note taking and team work.


We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times.