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Childcare and Education (Early Years Education) Level 3 CACHE Diploma at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

This course is part of a two year programme, whereby you complete the Certificate in year 1 and progress to the Diploma in year 2. The Certificate prepares you for the Diploma. The Diploma includes the Early Years Educator status, which allows you to work unsupervised with children from 0 to 7 years of age.

Course content

Child development from conception to seven years

  • Children's health and well-being
  • Providing safe environments for children
  • Child health
  • Play and learning
  • Understanding children's additional needs
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Professional Practice Portfolio 1
  • Supporting emergent literacy
  • Supporting emergent mathematics
  • Preparing for school readiness
  • International perspectives
  • Reflective practice for professional development
  • Professional partnerships in early years
  • Professional Practice Portfolio 2

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent grade 4, including English and Maths. You should have an interest in working with children. You must provide two good references: one from school and one from an early years setting, possibly from school work experience.


A range of teaching methods will be used in the classroom including: writing, reading,discussions and presentations. There may also be opportunities to partake in activities outside of the classroom in relation to your course. You will also be observed and assessed in a real work environment. Your work placement allows for practical experience, learning from your supervisors and children.

Future opportunities

The Diploma will enable you to gain the knowledge and experience needed to allow you to work with children from birth to 5 years. From here, you can progress on to the HND at SGS College or you can access Higher Education to study Primary Teaching or Childhood Studies. Alternatively, at this stage you can enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator. The maximum UCAS points for this qualification on the new tariff is 168 (420 on the old tariff)

The Certificate provides you with the experience and Skills to progress to the Diploma. After completing the Diploma, you will be able to work with children unsupervised in numerous settings. You could work in the following roles: special educational needs support worker, practitioner in day nurseries, practitioner in nursery schools, practitioner in reception classes in primary schools, pre-school worker, home-based childcare or nanny.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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