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Childhood Studies Level 3 Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

This is a comprehensive course if you wish to follow a career in work with children and/or progress onto teacher training. It provides a specialist work-related programme of study, equivalent to three A levels and on successful completion of the course, you will achieve Early Years Educator status and have completed 750 hours of work experience . This thoroughly equips you for a range of careers/higher education degrees including primary teaching, work as a nanny , early years educators within nursery settings, teaching assistants, work with children with special educational needs, children’s nursing and a variety of other careers working within the early years sector.

Course content

You will study 18 units over the two years including 

  • Child Development 
  • Play and Learning 
  • Meeting Children’s Physical Development, 
  • Physical Care and Health Needs Internal 
  • Health and Safety in Early Years Settings Internal 
  • Working with Parents and Others in Early Years 
  • Supporting Children’s Speech, Communication and Language 
  • Supporting Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Safeguarding in Early Years Internal 
  • Observation, Assessment and Planning 
  • Supporting Children’s Literacy and Numeracy Development 
  • Reflective Practice
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage 
  • Research Skills

Entry requirements

You will need five GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language (or L2 FS English) or a Merit at Level 2

You will have a positive school or college reference with good levels of attendance and punctuality.


A variety of methods are used to assess your progress.  These include external examination, observations of your practical work ,individual and group presentations, case studies, assignments, projects, work based assignments, developing learning resources, and display work. You will also be assessed in the work place.

The awarding body, will award you a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade for each module according to how well you cover the learning outcomes specified. You are required to complete a minimum of 180 hours' work placement experience.

Future opportunities

Employment: This Level 3 qualification provides you with assistant practitioner status' once a pass grade has been achieved. This allows you to undertake supervised work within an early year's environment (0-8 years).  It will give you the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to prepare you for employment.

Further Study: Progression to the FdA Early Years at WCG or University 

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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