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Childcare and Education Level 3 Diploma at New College Durham

Course description

The course is designed to give you the underpinning knowledge and understanding, as well as practical skills, to become a competent Child Care and Education practitioner

Course content

You will study twelve units (varying in length) over the two years of the course and this will enable you to achieve the Level 3 Diploma.  These units cover a range of topics which enable you to learn about babies, young children and adolescents, at different stages of their growth and development and  how to care for them.  You will also develop an ability to work with others who are involved in the care and education of children. Placement is a mandatory requirement of this course.

Each unit is assessed on completion throughout written assignments.  Unit 9 links to your achievements in placement and will be graded by completing reflective diaries. There will also be an external assessment by a short answer test paper at the end of the first year, and an externally set research task in the second year.

Entry requirements

A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, ideally including English and Maths but not essential (or an equivalent related qualification).  Alternatively successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Childcare & Education. And also a clear enhanced DBS check.

Future opportunities

This Diploma is held in high esteem by employers, both within and outside the UK, and can provide a route to higher education.  This course attracts UCAS tariff points, currently to a maximum of 360 UCAS points, depending upon grades achieved, equivalent to three 'A' levels and can be used for entry to Early Years/Primary Teaching, Nursing, Social Work or a Childhood studies degree.

Related careers
Primary or nursery education teaching professional Primary (and middle school deemed primary) and nursery education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction to children at all levels up to the age of entry into secondary education.
Special needs education teaching professional Special needs education teaching professionals organise and provide instruction at a variety of different levels to children who have emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties or physical disabilities. These professionals may also work with exceptionally gifted pupils.
Nursery nurse or assistant Nursery nurses and assistants care for children from birth up to seven years of age in day or residential nurseries, children’s homes, maternity units and similar establishments.
Childminder or related occupation Childminders and related occupations provide day-to-day care of children within a domestic setting, and supervise and participate in their play, educational and other activities.
Playworker Playworkers deliver and facilitate play opportunities for children in a range of formal and informal settings including play groups, play schemes, free play locations, and in pre- and after-school activities.
Teaching assistant Teaching assistants assist teachers with their day-to-day classroom work and with routine administrative tasks.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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