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Child Care And Education Yr 2 L3 Diploma at North Lindsey College

Course description

This internationally recognised Level 3 qualification is equivalent to three A Levels and attracts UCAS points. It provides underpinning knowledge and practical training for childcare practitioners who work with children and families in a wide range of settings. It comprises nine mandatory units (including a graded practice unit) and three optional units.

This is the second year of a two-year course. This is the final year this course will be offered. New students will be enrolled on one of the Level 3 Early Years Educator courses.

Course content

- Students will be expected to achieve the Award and Certificate in year one before progressing onto the Diploma in year two. 

- To achieve the Level 3 Award you must successfully complete units 1 and 2.
- To achieve the Level 3 Certificate you must successfully complete units 1 to 5.
- To achieve the full level 3 Diploma you must successfully complete Units 1 to 8, the graded practice unit (Unit 9) and three optional units.

- The course is modular as follows:

- Unit 1 Introduction to Working with Children
- Unit 2 Development and Conception of Children to age 16 years
- Unit 3 Supporting Children
- Unit 4 Keeping Children Safe
- Unit 5 The Principles Underpinning the Role of the Practitioner Working with Children
- Unit 6 Promoting Healthy Environments
- Unit 7 Play and Learning in Children's Education
- Unit 8 Caring for Children
- Unit 9 Development of Professional Skills within Children's Education (graded practice unit)

- Plus three optional units

- You will gain extra qualifications in Functional Skills, First Aid and Creative Craft.

Entry requirements

- A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C (which must include English Language and Maths) or
- A Level 2 qualification at C/Merit Grade plus GCSE English Language/Maths at grade C or equivalent and
- A Functional Skills qualification

- Interviews are mandatory.
- Experience and other qualifications may be considered as entry qualifications for mature learners. 
- Students will also need to have a clean Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate to attend placement.


Students will need to achieve A to E grades in nationally set assessments at the end of each unit. The range of assessment methods include a portfolio of work, assignments, short answer tests on a case study and an externally assessed task requiring synoptic research.

The practical element of the course is assessed and graded through a personal evidence diary, professional development profiles, practice evidence records and placement reports.

Future opportunities

As the course attracts UCAS points a growing number of students now enter into Higher Education to pursue a career in teaching, social work or to gain Early Years Professional status. Many of our learners enter into employment as nursery nurses, nursery supervisors, teaching assistants, children's holiday reps, nannies, etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Lindsey College directly.

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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