Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This Apprenticeship is suitable for you if you wish to study while earning a salary in paid employment. It is assessed in a work situation and combine knowledge and practical skills. It is a flexible programme. You will need to have the opportunity to be involved in planning learning activities and key-working children in your workplace.

You will complete the following components as part of your Apprenticeship framework:

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator)
  • Level 3 Paediatric First Aid
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths

We have excellent relationships with early years settings in the area and we provide a supportive learning environment at College. The teaching staff and assessors have recent, relevant work place experience and enjoy the opportunity to nurture new practitioners.

You are expected to have employment of at least 30 hours a week to be able to do an Apprenticeship. Your employment will need to last the duration of the course.

Assessment Methods

You will build a portfolio to use in a professional discussion as part of your End Point Assessment, which will include coursework and practical assessments in your workplace. You will also need to sit a knowledge test as part of your End Point Assessment.

You may be required to sit exams for Functional Skills in English and Maths if you do not already have these.

Your employer will organise for you to study a Level 3 qualification in Paediatric First Aid.

Progression Options

On completion of this course you could apply to do CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner, CACHE Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner or a Sector Endorsed (Early Years) Foundation Degree.

Course Summary

Course Title Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Level 3
Entry Requirements


  • To access this Apprenticeship Standard you will need to be in relevant
    employment, with experience in the role. You will have at least five GCSEs in
    the A* – C/4-9 range, including English and Maths, or a relevant Level 2
    qualification with a Merit or Distinction.  You should have GCSE English
    and Maths at C/4 or above.

  • Valid DBS.

  • An interview is required for this course.

  • Mature students welcome to apply.

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My ambition is to become a primary school teacher and make a difference to children’s lives. I’m keen to work with children who have additional needs, as I know the value of being supported and helped. After College I plan to study degree and then a PGCE course in order to become a qualified teacher.

Matthew Sutton

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