Are you a caring person who is interested in supporting children’s learning and development?
If so, this two year Level 3 Diploma course will enable learners to gain the knowledge and experience to work effectively with young children in a day nursery, pre-school or primary school. This course also enables learners to develop the necessary skills and acquire UCAS tariff points to progress onto Higher Education in a related field. The qualification is a full time, two year course where learners spend 3 days in college studying a diverse range of units, and 2 days in a range of childcare placements in order to develop a range of practical skills.
You will be taught by tutors that have vocational experience and fully supported on the programme with our tutorial scheme. You will attend college three days per week. The remaining two will be spent in a range of childcare placements – students will need to source their own placements. There are various study methods on this course including classroom sessions, independent study and practical work. Lessons are interactive and teachers support you to participate in group work discussions and independent study.
For this course you will need to have a good level of written and spoken English and have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4 and above. These must include GCSE English Language and ideally GCSE maths, although you will have the opportunity to study GCSE maths alongside your childcare course.
You will also be required to apply for a Criminal Records Bureau check (DBS) before the start of the programme. The cost to the student will be approximately £54.00. You will also need to attend an interview for this course to assess your suitability
During this course you will cover a total of 16 mandatory units (8 units each year) which will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills across a range of key subject areas, for example:
• Child development
• Providing safe environments
• Children’s health and wellbeing
• The role of play in relation to children’s learning and development
• Child observations, assessment and planning
• Child health
• Working in partnership to meet children’s additional needs
• Professional practice (portfolio)
The course is continually assessed throughout the two years and students will produce a portfolio of assignments. There will be two written external assessments. Each unit has a written assignment and your placement supervisor will observe you carrying out practical skills whilst working with the children. Assessors from college will also assess you in the workplace.
On successful achievement of this course you can progress into various rewarding childcare job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:
• Childcare Practitioner in day nurseries or pre-school
• Childcare Practitioner in a nursery school or reception class in a primary school
• Becoming a Nanny
• Working on a cruise ship as a child care worker
• Working abroad as a child care rep for a travel company
Additional help and support is available to you should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.
For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.
Duration and Times
Start date: 04/09/2023
End date: 28/06/2024
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Days of week: TBA
Number of Weeks: 35