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Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) Diploma Level 3 at Darlington College

Course description

The course will prepare you to become Early Years Educators, enabling you to work with children from birth to five years and gain knowledge of children aged five to seven years. Upon achievement of this qualification you will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or access Higher Education (UCAS points up to 420) From September 2014 the Early Years Educator qualifications will be the only qualifications to confer a licence to practice.

Anyone wishing to apply for this course must also complete the suitability declaration form which will be sent to you at the point we invite you to interview.

Course content

This course enables and encourages you to develop your skills and acquire relevant knowledge to enter the world of employment or access Higher Education. The structure of this qualification ensures you are placed in a real work environment for minimum of two days per week. You have to attend tutor led sessions, practical sessions, workshops and tutorials. A variety of teaching methods are implemented in order to offer maximum learning opportunities throughout the programme of study. Real Work placements will consist of minimum 4 settings from birth to 5 years for a minimum of 750 hours.

The are 15 Mandatory Units including 2 externally marked asessments of 5000 words

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*-C including GCSE maths and English or an appropriate Level 2 qualification including maths and English A*-C (at a merit if graded) and a satisfactory school report.
You must also supply details of two personal referees who are not relatives and the college will formally write to them to obtain up to date references to support your application.
We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.


By your tutor through a range of methods This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.

Future opportunities

Employment as an Early Years Educator in a range of childcare settings

Foundation Degree in Early Years

BA(Hons) Childhood Studies

Higher Education Degrees

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 March 2016
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