Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) - Level 3

Course Code: SC1FE366


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Start DateLocationDuration
15/09/2022Bispham Campus1 YearApply

Course Overview

The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with and care for children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

This qualification combined with the Government requirements for maths and English qualifications (GCSE English and maths grade C, or L2 Functional Skills) to count in the Level 3 staff: child ratios in childcare settings.

You will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations. We recommend 350 hours across the age ranges.

The course is delivered remotely and runs over 35 weeks with 5 hours of scheduled contact time each week.

You will be assigned a subject specialist course tutor who will deliver the live scheduled sessions. The tutor will also be available for weekly support and to guide you from the beginning to the completion of your qualification. 

Entry Requirements

You must be over 19 on the 31st August before the course start date.  

We recommend that to ensure that you meet the license to practice requirement and prior to starting the course that you hold as a minimum GCSE English grade C or Level 2 Functional Skills.

It is possible to then complete the required maths qualification (if this has not already been achieved) alongside.  Consideration will be given to those who do not hold GCSE English grade C, or L2 Functional Skills at the time of enrolment but may be required to undergo a diagnostic to ascertain level.

Placements are required for achievement of this qualification in an early years setting (including with or as a childminder).  A minimum of 350 placement hours is required across the 2 – 5 and ideally 0 – 5 age groups.

Qualification Obtained

Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Methods

Your course will begin with you attending college for an induction session to meet the curriculum team.

The course will then be delivered remotely with live lectures and support sessions schedule for a total of 5 hours a week for 35 weeks (term time only).

Within these sessions there will be tutor delivery, question and answer, discussion, group work tasks and individual tasks.

Approximately every 5 weeks you will attend College for a small group seminar within your scheduled delivery time.

All dates for college attendance will be provided at the start of your course.

You will also have regular contact with your assessor throughout your course who will also attend your placement to observe the development of your skills in practice.

It is expected that you will complete a minimum of 4 hours independent study, each week, outside of the class to complete the assessment tasks which take the form of electronic workbooks.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of adult 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 technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

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