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Childcare and Education Level 3 at Wickersley School and Sports College

Course description

This Course is Full-time and includes ALL Option Blocks

The Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) enables learners to gain the knowledge and experience which will allow them to work with children from birth to 5 years or gain access to Higher Education programmes. Many of our past pupils have gained employment as early Years Educators or have gone on to gain a degree in Early Years and are now working as primary teachers.
These qualifications have been awarded UCAS Tariff points. The Diploma has been awarded 168 Tariff points at A* under the New Tariff for 2017 (old Tariff 420 points). Therefore this is a full time programme taking 4 option blocks. All learners who achieve an Early Years Educator qualification will need GCSE English and maths A*-C to count in the ratios at level 3 in childcare settings, therefore applicants must have English and Maths A*-C, the level 2 option will be offered to those learners who haven’t got this requirement.
There is a placement requirement to this course, all learners must undertake a minimum of 750 hours which is arranged by College. You will be assessed on practical skills whilst working there by our own workplace assessor. The placements will be with children from 0-5 years, during the 2 years you will undertake 3 different placements. As you will be working with children you will be required to undertake a DBS check.

Course content

You will study 7 units graded internally plus an externally set and marked assessment of a 5000 word essay. You will also be required to be practically competent in the work place.
Units include:
  • Child development from conception to 7 years
  • Children’s health and well being
  • Providing a safe environment for children
  • Child health Play and learning
  • Understanding additional needs
  • Observation, assessment and planning


You will undertake a different placement and also be required to pass a further external assessment.

Units include:

  • Supporting emergent literacy
  • Supporting emergent mathematics
  • Preparing for school readiness
  • International perspectives
  • Reflective practice
  • Professional partnership in early years
  • Professional Practice Portfolio

Entry requirements

The minimum qualification for entry into the Sixth Form is 5 4 grades including Maths and English, although there are specific entry requirements for some of our option subjects.

A student’s suitability for their chosen subjects will also be taken into account, even if they meet the 5 4 grades threshold.

Applicants will need to have a proven record of good or excellent effort and attendance in Year 11 in order to qualify for a place, verified by a suitable reference.


In order to achieve the Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) learners must pass 14 mandatory units. Learners must also complete the extended assessments CCE1 and DCE2 (externally set, externally marked). Mandatory units are marked and graded A* – D by your tutors, there are opportunities to upgrade original grades.

Future opportunities

These qualifications are suitable for a range of learners wishing to work in early years education and care or for those wishing to progress to Higher Education.

Further information

Please consult our Option Blocks before making your selection.

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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: 09 October 2018
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