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Early Years Education and Care - Level 3 Diploma at Yorkshire Coast College

Course description

This course offers natural progression from the level 2 course

The CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) is a qualification that prepares you to work unsupervised, or in a supervisory capacity, with children and their families in a variety of settings and environments within the sector of Children's Services. This qualification is the equivalent to three A Levels.

Course content

Students spend part of their time in College and part in practical placement applying theory to practice.

The course will cover 4 key areas and contain a number of units within each area.
These areas include:

  • Health and Well-being
  • Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice
  • Play, Development and Learning for School Readines
  • Professional Development

Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English and Maths. A Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People Workforce. A Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care. Please note - you must complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check on application.

Future opportunities

After successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education you could choose to continue your study with Higher Education such as a Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and Families or FdEd in Early Childhood Studies or go straight into employment.

For someone looking at a successful career in Childcare, they could find themselves working in nurseries, schools, playgroups, as a Private Childminder or in play-work, which encourages a child’s ability to learn and develop through fun activities.

The demand is really high at the moment for all the different jobs working with children, no matter what you want to do, there’s never been a better time to apply.

The local average wage on entry in to a career in Childcare - depend on qualification – is £10,000 - £16,000.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 August 2016
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    • With outstanding facilities you'll find many realistic working environments which will provide you with innovating and inspiring spaces in which to learn.

      Refectory and Square Cat Café

      Our refectory at Lady Edith's Drive is the perfect place to relax and unwind, whether you want a quick snack, a healthy lunch or just to catch up with friends. Breakfast is served every weekday from 8.30am until 11am, after this a huge choice foods are available including a range of premium sandwiches, pizzas, salads, paninis, and jacket potatoes. Our two campuses each have their own refectories. 

      The Square Cat Café at Westwood is a great place to catch-up with friends. We offer hot and cold drinks and snacks. From time-to-time you might even catch a live performance from performing arts students.

      Our Learner Engagement Team also provide other activities across both sites throughout the year.

      Common Room

      The learner common room on Lady Edith's Campus is located on the ground floor and near the LRC. Here you can relax with your friends and play a game or pool and our Learner Engagement team are always on hand to help you or provide information on a range of activities they are organising. 

      Learning Resource Centre

      We have two interactive Learning Resource Centres across Yorkshire Coast College providing lending, reference and information services and offering you the chance to utilise the latest technologies and study aids. Our Learning Centres are also linked to the British Library, meaning no matter what you need, you will always have access to it. 

      ICT, Moodle & Wifi

      Yorkshire Coast College has a great range of academic facilities for both students and staff. Feel free to check books out from our libraries and use our professional printing services amongst our many other facilities at Yorkshire Coast College.

      Computing Services

      Technology and science are rapidly transforming our world, changing the way we do business, the way we learn, the way we communicate, and even the way we entertain ourselves. Yorkshire Coast College can give you everything you need to play your part in the modern world, and have a brilliant career, working at the forefront of technology. 

      Our ICT suites and ultra-modern facilities mean that your training and studies will see you networking computer systems, designing databases, manipulating graphics and images and learning more about hardware principles and user support. Both practical and theoretical study will play a major part in your course giving you a wide range of skills and knowledge, while working with the latest technologies.

      Printing Services

      Our Repro facility offers both students and the general public, first class business stationery, educational printing as well as a host of photographic and print finishing services, including both black and white and full colour prints. 

      Opening times are Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm & Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm For more information call: 01723 356172 

      Sports & Fitness

      Our Lady Edith's Drive offers a Sport & Fitness Suite which will is available to staff, students and community groups.