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Childcare:Level 3 Technical Diploma at Suffolk New College

Course description

Students complete 7 modules in Year 1 and gain valuable skills in at least two different childcare settings. In year 2, students complete the remaining 8 modules and a further two placements in Year 2 to enable students to gain a range of experience of working with children from birth to 7 years. The achievement of this qualification supports students keen to progress onto University or in becoming Primary School Teachers. Alternatively, we are proud to announce that many of our students often secure employment from one of the placements they have attended during the course. Students also have the opportunity to achieve a Paediatric First Aid qualification.

Course content

Students attend work experience two days a week, and attend college 3 days. Student complete modules including: supporting emergent Maths and literacy, international perspectives, preparing for school readiness, as well as building a professional practice portfolio. Methods of assessment include: two externally assessed pieces of work, one linked to Year 1 modules and the second to Year 2 modules, other methods include; direct observations of practice, reflection on own practice, and written assignments.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSE grade C or grade 4 or above and must include English Language or successful completion of level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care and achievement of GCSE English grade C or grade 4or above. Students will need to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and this must be in place at time of enrolment.

Financial information

Tuition Costs 

No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2017. For all students aged 19+ please visit our website Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learning Loans can also be found at the above website.

Additional Costs

£25 for the textbook, £14 for a polo shirt for placement, £44 for enhanced DBS check to be completed prior to enrolment with £13 fee to register for the update service which students pay direct to DBS by debit or credit card (subject to change) and £50 for educational trips, with an optional residential trip abroad, costing approx. £300

Future opportunities

Upon completion of this qualification students will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educator or access Higher Education. There are a range of interesting and varied employment opportunities. Students can work as an Early Years Educator supervising staff and children in nurseries, private daycare, pre-schools or as a nanny. This course enables students to gain UCAS points to progress to Higher Education and is equivalent to three ‘A’ levels.

Further information

How Do I Apply

Come along to one of our open events and apply, or apply online at

Support For You

Student support contact or 01473 382738 or email

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: SCC93F1
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