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Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) Diploma Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

Advancing your skills and knowledge step by step, this Level 3 course will help you complete an Award, Certificate and finally a Diploma qualification to prepare you for a career working with children from birth to five years old, and enable you to secure a job as an Early Years Educator. You’ll be covering a wide range of topics to get a thorough understanding of how children develop, right from conception through to about seven years old. You’ll look at topics around their health, their needs, their wellbeing, and how they play and learn. As you’ll be working in real, early years environments for parts of the certificate and diploma levels of this course, you’ll also be developing a number of key employability skills. You’ll look at observation, assessment and planning requirements, best professional practices, how to support emergent literacy and mathematics, and how to prepare for school readiness. Each topic will prepare you for a successful career in childcare and education.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to have at least 5 GCSE grades at A* - C, including a C or above in English and a D or above in Maths to enrol on this Level 3 course. Some previous experience working with children would also be helpful. Alternatively, you’ll need to have a completed a full Level 2 Childcare qualification, with a pass grade or above. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements


All units on this course will be assessed internally by your tutor, and will use a range of method to check your skills are developing appropriately, including both written tasks and practical assignments. For the Certificate and Diploma qualifications, you will complete some externally assessed tasks.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

After you’ve worked through each stage of this course and completed the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, you’ll be able to either enter the workforce with your skills and abilities or continue onto a higher-level course. You may want to advance onto a Foundation Degree in Childhood and Youth Studies at The Manchester College to expand your knowledge further, or you might want to dive straight into one of a number of exciting career opportunities in education. Link to Careers or Link to Careers 2 This could include becoming an Early Years Educator, a practitioner in nursery schools or reception classes, or a childminder.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 April 2018
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    • Northenden Campus is a large, welcoming campus, offering a wide range of courses for school leavers, apprentices, adults and university-level students. We’ve invested £2 million in the campus to make it a great place to study vocational and academic courses. We’ve created a wildlife haven within the grounds and wildlife corridors connecting the site to the beautiful Wythenshawe Park nearby. Some of the facilities at Northenden are open to the public, including beauty salons.

      Facilities at Northenden Campus include:

      • fitness suite
      • football pitch
      • games area
      • large library resource centre (LRC)
      • SkillZone with extensive IT tools
      • art and design workshops
      • canteen and coffee bar
      • purpose built kitchen for catering courses
      • woodwork, ceramics and jewellery workshops
      • photography studios
      • salons (open to the public)
      • wildlife corridors to Wythenshawe Park
      • wildflower meadows
      • habitats for wildlife
      • birdboxes

      Local area

      Northenden is a suburb of south Manchester. There are shops, a supermarket, restaurants and takeaways 15 minutes’ walk from the campus in central Northenden. There are also a small supermarket and shops closer to the campus. Northenden is surrounded by green space. The campus is minutes away from Gib Lane Wood and Wythenshawe Park which includes a community farm. It is also close to the Mersey Valley nature reserve; a riverside walk through miles of countryside and parkland.