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Childcare Level 3 at Warrington & Vale Royal College

Course description

If you are interested in a career in childcare then this course will be the right one for you. After completing the 2 years course it will enable you to have the skills you require to work within a childcare environment.

Course content

Examples of units that will be covered include:

  • Child development
  • Play and learning
  • Understanding additional needs
  • Preparing for school readiness
  • International perspectives

Entry requirements

Learners must be at least 16 years old and must have English Language at grade C or above.


You will be assessed using a variety of methods including a portfolio of evidence and a task-based controlled assessment.

Financial information

Charges for course trips may be incurred. You will also be required to carry out a DBS check due to the nature of the course.

Future opportunities

This course prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Upon achievement, this qualification enables learners to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or access Higher Education.

Further information

Will I complete work placements?

There will be 365 hours for certificate and a total of 750 over the two years for Early Years Educator.

Are trips and residentials organised during the course?

There will be different trips throughout including trips to Eureka and the Slavery museum.

Are there any links with industry?

You will cover a range of units during your time at college that you will make links to whilst out on placement and also within your assignments. You will often reflect on your work placement to continuously develop your practice.

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: 06 November 2017
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    • By Rail: Anyone travelling by train should disembark at Central Station in Warrington. Our Winwick Road Campus is around a 20 minute walk along the A49 (you will pass the Warrington Wolves RLFC stadium and the Tesco supermarket on your left).

      By Bus: Warrington & Vale Royal College is easily accessible by bus from the town centre and nearby Cheshire districts. Bus numbers* 19, 20, 21, 22 from the Warrington Bus Station to Winwick Road Campus.

      *Please note bus numbers are subject to change.