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Childcare and Education Certificate and Diploma (Early Years Educator) Level 3 at Sandwell College

Course description

Students will be taught in a friendly conducive teaching and learning environment through lectures, group discussions/debates, assignment workshops, visiting speakers and individual support by friendly and caring tutors. The first year results in the award of a Certificate at Level 3 and the second year results in the award of a Diploma, a qualification valued by employers and universities alike. Units include:

An Introduction to Working with Children
Development from Conception to Age 16
Supporting Children
Keeping Children Safe
Play and Learning in Children’s Education
Caring for Children
Additional/Functional Skills include Literacy, ICT and Numeracy.

Entry requirements

You will need four GCSEs at grade C in academic subjects, two of which must be in English and Maths, or a Level 2 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Childcare and Education, or NVQ in Childcare Learning and Development. A DBS check will be required so that students can complete work placements as part of the course.


Students will be assessed through assignment tasks, portfolio work, practice evidence records, practice evidence record diary and professional development profiles. Exams consist of a research task and a short answer paper on a seen case study.



Future opportunities

On successful completion students will gain a Certificate/Diploma in Childcare and Education, which will prepare students for the next level of progression to university to study a Foundation Degree or BA Honours Degree in Early Years. The course will also prepare you for employment in a variety of childcare settings such as primary and nursery schools, private day nurseries, playgroups, creches and youth centres.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 June 2016

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