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Children’s Care, Learning & Development - Level 3 at Redcar & Cleveland College

Course description

Equivalent to three A levels, this course gives an established university entry qualification and will also provide the pathway into a range of exciting careers, including: Day Nursery Practitioner/Supervisor; Creche Leader; Pre-school Leader; Special Educational Needs Support Worker; Nanny; Childminder; Teacher; Teaching Assistant.

You will study modules including: promoting child development; protecting children; promoting children's rights; and children's learning activities and play.

Course content

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma consists of 7 core units plus specialist units of study. Core units of study:

  • Positive relationships for children’s care, learning and development.
  • Positive environments for children’s care, learning and development.
  • Promoting children’s development.
  • Reflecting on and developing practice for children 0-8 years.
  • Protecting children.
  • Safeguarding children.
  • Children’s learning activities and play.

In addition to the above, Functional Skills in Maths and English will also be delivered.

Work placements are an essential part of the course and students need to gain 800 hours in an Early Years setting. This will provide students with the opportunities to link theoretical knowledge into a practical setting.

Entry requirements

Applicants must display a genuine interest in working with children and have four GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which must be English, or a BTEC Level 2 qualification with an average grade of 'merit' or equivalent plus English at Level 2.


The course is designed to integrate all the areas of study, emphasising the importance of linking theoretical knowledge to practical settings. Throughout the programme students are continuously assessed using a variety of methods, e.g. assignments, practical assessments, presentations etc.

Financial information

Students will spend a minimum of 800 hours in assessed practice/placement and are required to adhere to a dress code. Students will need to purchase black trousers, black shoes and a college polo shirt.

Future opportunities

The Diploma can provide a route to Higher Education eg Teacher Training and Child Care related Degrees etc. To pursue these routes, GCSE at Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science is required.

Further information

Students who are conditionally accepted onto Child Care/ Health related courses need to provide two references and will need to undergo a police clearance check. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Redcar & Cleveland College directly.

Last updated date: 03 August 2016

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