Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.
Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
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.
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.
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
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
You will be taught using a variety of methods, such as having discussions, watching/ preparing presentations, note taking and team work.