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Childcare and Education Level 3 Certificate at Northumberland College

Course description

This qualification is for learners aged 16 years and over and is particularly appropriate for those with an interest in progressing to a career involved with working with children in early years or wishing to progress to a Higher Education programme in children's care, development and learning. It allows learners to develop the core knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including child development, play and learning, health, observation, assessment and planning. This qualification is mapped to and fully meets the criteria for the Early Years Educator (Level 3) for learners who complete full 2 year programme. Learners will need to attend a practical placement as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations.

Course content

You will study a range of exciting units including: - Child development - Play and Learning - Observation, Assessment and Planning - Child Health - Additional Needs These units and others will link with your placement to enhance your knowledge and provide you with the competency based elements of the qualification. Placements are an essential requirement for achievement of this qualification and you will be assessed in this environment. - The Early Years Foundation Stage - Safeguarding in Early Years These units and others will link with your placement to enhance your knowledge and provide you with the competency based elements of the qualification. Placements are an essential requirement for achievement of this qualification and you will be assessed in this environment.

Entry requirements

Learners should hold at least four GSCEs at grade C including English and maths or appropriate equivalent Level 2 qualifications with the capacity to achieve English and maths GCSE grade C during their time on the course. All applicants must undertake an interview and apply for DBS clearance to demonstrate that they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working with young people or vulnerable adults

Assessment

Your progress will be assessed through written assignments and a portfolio of placement evidence including practical assessments and observations. There are no exams in this course. Your achievements will be graded from A* - D.

Future opportunities

You could progress into a career in the early years or childcare workforce or into a variety of specialist Higher Education (HE) courses in this sector and beyond or to a part time HE option such as the Foundation Degree in Childrens Workforce Practice.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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      • Replica aircraft for cabin crew training
      • Luxurious hair and beauty salon with nail bar and individual treatment rooms
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      • Spacious motor vehicle workshop with five vehicle bays and diagnostic equipment
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      • Electrical installation workshops
      • The Gallery restaurant, modern 40 seat commercially run modern restaurant
      • Fully equipped industry standard commercial kitchens
      • Health skills room
      • A choice of places to eat and catch up with friends
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