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Children's Play Learning and Development Level 3 Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

Classwork is a combination of lectures, practical activities, discussions and tutorials. You will spend some time in College and in work placements with children aged 0 to 7 years.

Course content

Modules studied will include: 

• Children's health and well-being
• Play and learning 
• Providing safe environments 
• Supporting additional needs
• Supporting children's literacy and mathematical skills 
• Preparing for school readiness

Alongside the theory units run practical skills units each year and these are assessed in your work placement.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GSCEs at A* to C Grade, including English language; or a suitable Level 2 qualification in Childcare at mainly Merit, or equivalent.

Early Years Educators now need to have both the English and Mathematics at Grade C GCSE to practice their childcare qualification. If you do not already have these two essentials, you may be able to take them alongside your early years studies.

You will need to have a successful interview, appropriate references and an Enhanced DBS check (arranged by the College).

English and maths qualifications are vitally important for future employers and universities, so the government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills.

Entry Level / Level 1 and Level 2: We’re here to help you on your journey, so if you do not achieve grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths, then you will study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

Students who achieve a D grade will be placed on the relevant GCSE programme, while students who achieve an E or below will be assessed to ensure they are placed on the right study programme for their ability.

Level 3 programmes: You will need to meet the course entry requirements specified on the course information above. For the majority of our Level 3 courses, students will need grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths. If this is not specified in the course entry requirement, then you may be able to study English and/or maths as part of your college course.


Continual assessment throughout the course/ written assignments/ online tests/ practical assessments are undertaken.

Future opportunities

The Early Years Educator qualification allows you to work unsupervised with children. With experience you may work in a supervisory role in a range of children's settings: pre-schools, nurseries, as a nanny, in primary schools, or in children's holiday facilities both in the UK and overseas.

Alternatively, as this qualification attracts UCAS points you could progress on to Higher Education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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