Childcare and Education Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course enables you to gain the knowledge and experience which will allow you to work with children from birth to five years.

Your learning may include:

  • Children’s health and wellbeing
  • Understanding children’s additional needs
  • Providing safe environments for children
  • Play and learning
  • Child development

The course will give you Early Years Educator status which is required to work in early years settings.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence using a range of assessment methods. These may include individual research, project work, presentations and written assignments. There will be a task-based controlled assessment and extended assessments. This gives the opportunity for different learning styles and individual needs to be considered. A crucial element of the course is 750 hours of work placements in a variety of settings over the two years of study.

Progression Options

On successful completion, you could progress to a Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies at University Centre Somerset, or a degree in primary education teaching, social work, speech and language therapy or special education. Alternatively, you could find employment as an Early Years Educator, Classroom Assistant, Child Minder or Nanny.

Course Summary

Course Title Childcare and Education Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range including English and Maths, or a Level 2 qualification in early years at Merit grade. It is important you have a good level of spoken and written English. If you wish to progress to primary school teaching you need GCSE science at grade 4 or above.

You will be required to attend an interview and have completed at least one week of relevant work experience (eg. in a nursery or primary school). An enhanced DBS certificate is also required.

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I didn’t know anyone when I started but quickly make new friendships and have gained in confidence. The work experience helped with that, as well as the staff being really supportive.

Charlotte Whiterod

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