Childcare and Education (EYE) - Level 3 Certificate/Diploma (Cache)
Qualification Obtained: Certificate in Childcare and Education (VRQ)
To achieve this course you will be required to complete two full years. Year 1 you will complete the Certificate and year 2 you will complete the Diploma. Please note that progression onto year 2 Diploma is not automatic conditions apply for example; Successful completion of year 1 and a good tutor report and recommendation along with good attendance.
Course Entry Requirements
In order to access this course the following entry requirements must be met:
- You must have at least 4 GCSE A* to C grades including English
- maths must be grade D or above or Lv 2 functional skills
- You must also have a clear DBS check
- If progressing from inside college it is also a requirement to have a good personal tutor report, along with good attendance.
Career Options and Progression
Upon achievement of the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education it is intended that learners will be able to access higher education as you will be able to achieve up to 420 UCAS points or enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.
All learners who achieve an Early Years Educator qualification will need GCSE English and maths A*-C to count in the ratios at level 3 in childcare settings.
If you hold a level 3 early years educator qualification but do not have a GCSE in English and maths at Grade C or above, you can be counted within the staff to child ratios at level 2.
Modules and Assessment
You will complete the certificate in year one and the diploma in year 2. This qualification enables learners to gain the knowledge and experience of children from birth to 5 years.
The units in year 1 will provide learners with in-depth knowledge of key subject areas in:
- Child Development
- Children's health and well being
- Providing safe environments inc Safeguarding for children
- Child health
- Play and learning
- Understanding children's additional needs
- Observation, Assessment and Planning
- Professional practice portfolio 1
8 units graded A*-D along with1 extended assessment that is externally set in year 1.
Year 2 (if able to progress)
- Supporting emergent literacy
- Supporting emergent mathematics
- Preparing for school readiness
- International perspectives
- Reflective practice for professional development
- Professional partnerships in early years
- Professional practice portfolio 2
7 units graded A*-D along with1 extended assessment that is externally set in year 1.
In order to gain your qualification you will be required to complete tasks for each unit, this may include completion of written tasks, posters, leaflets and training materials. You will be required to draw on work products such as nursery/school policies and guidelines. You will be required to prepare activities and deliver them to the children within your placement; some of this will then be observed by your personal assessor. Each task is graded A* to D. You will also be required to complete in addition to your module work an essay each year of 5,000 words each essay. This is an externally set and marked assessment. For each essay you will be limited to one attempt and one further reattempt opportunity to undertake an alternative assessment. The essay are graded A* to D.
You must also successfully achieve placement hours of a minimum of 365 hours for the Certificate (year 1) with a further 385 for the Diploma (year 2), 750 in total. This must be carried out in a variety of age groups, 0–1 year 11 month, 2–2 years 11 months, 3–5 years, Specialised placement such as 5–7 years.
Teaching and Learning Methods
You will attend College for 3 days and placement two days per week from September 2016 until June 2018. College sessions will include group delivery, group activities and discussions with 1-1 support also provided. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you with all aspects of your college life. You will see this tutor a minimum of once a week during tutorial sessions. In addition you will also be allocated an assessor who will visit you in your work placement. Tracking of your progress will be via our e-tracker system which individual learners and all their tutors will have access to.
Work Placement and Field Trips
Learners are required to attend a minimum of hour’s placement over the academic year (see above). This should be a full two days each week; however block placements from time to time may have to be used to ensure hours are achieved. You will be required to complete a DBS application (criminal records check) prior to any placement. Your DBS must be clear, otherwise this may jeopardise your place on the course as placement may not be able to be located
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.
You will be allocated a small budget to pay for your printing costs, however once you have exceeded your limit, you will be liable for any additional printing costs. You will be expected to for your own transport costs to placement, however you may be eligible for finical support from the college to help you with this. You will need to book an appointment with the college’s i-know team to check your eligibility. 01253 352 352
There are no specific equipment requirements for your time in college.
However, for placement although you will be provided with a college polo shirt you will be expected to provide and wear your own black trousers and sensible black shoes.
You may wish to provide your own course folder.
Regulation and Accreditation
This qualification is a VRQ (Vocational relevant Qualification) qualification. This accreditation means that it is recognised nationally as meeting relevant and appropriate standards.
Terms and Conditions
Read our full terms and conditions for more information.
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