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Children’s Play, Learning & Development Level 3 Diploma at Lakes College West Cumbria

Course description

This is 2 year course that, on completion, will give you Early Year Educator status and allow you to practise within the childcare industry. You will study child development, play and learning skills and reflective practice for the 0-8 year age bracket. Maths and English will be at the core of your study programme. For full details please visit All course places are offered on a trial basis, and students who do not demonstrate a professional attitude to all aspects of learning and placement will not be offered the opportunity to progress beyond the first six weeks.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C including English and Maths or Level 2 Childhood Studies at Merit Grade or above including GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above. You will also need a DBS Check

Financial information

Free to all 16-18 and 19-23 year olds who do not already have a full level 3 qualification e.g. 4 or more AS Levels or 2 A Levels. Advanced Learning Loans are available for further education courses at Level 3, 4 & 5. They operate like higher education loans with deferred payments until you earn over approximately £21, 000 per year. (Information available at -learning-loans/overview) You have the option of taking out a loan or setting up a payment plan with the college that best suits your needs.

Future opportunities

Once you have successfully completed the course, you could progress onto Lakes College’s Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services, University or employment. Successful completion of qualifications within this area can open the doors to a career within nurseries, schools, learning support, play therapy and children’s social work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lakes College West Cumbria directly.

Last updated date: 26 April 2016
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