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Childhood Studies and Teacher Training Academy - Level 3 at College of West Anglia

Course description

If you wish to enter the Childcare sector or study a higher education course in the Early Years field, this course is for you.It offers a focused qualification that is directly related to Early Years work experience and involves working in a range of placement settings to develop essential skills and knowledge.The course provides learners who successfully pass all the requirements of the qualification with a licence to practice, allowing them to undertake work in a child centred environment.The coursework is varied, involving case studies, written assignments, external assessments, reflection from placements and practical group work in class. There is also an external exam for one of the units.The course enables you to develop a substantial range of knowledge including:

  • Child development
  • Play and learning
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Observations
  • Assessment and planning
  • Working with parents and other practitioners
  • Supporting children's communication and language
  • Supporting children's literacy and numeracy
Two days placement per week is required in a minimum of two different childcare areas, gaining experience of working with children aged 0-8 years. You will be required to undertake both formal and informal observations on children while in placement, keeping a detailed record of placement observations and activities, evaluating their findings and making recommendations for future practice.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or higher, including two from English Language, Maths or Science
  • A satisfactory DBS check
  • A full Level 2 qualification (minimum of Merit level) and at least a Grade 3 (D) in English language or Maths and a Grade 4 (C) in the other
  • A satisfactory DBS check
Recent government announcements have stipulated that Early Years practitioners should be qualified to GCSE level at least in English and Maths and certain courses in higher education may also stipulate Science at Grade 4 (C) or above.


The course is assessed by a range of methods which may include projects, booklets, posters, assignments, case studies and coursework. There is also one examination.Learners must also complete a minimum of 750 work placement hours in a range of settings as laid down in the course specification criteria. (These hours would be the requirement for the two year programme.)You will work towards the Subsidiary Diploma qualification in the first year of the course, subject to meeting progression criteria you will have the opportunity to work towards either the Diploma or the Extended Diploma in the second year.Each unit will be graded Pass/Merit/Distinction.

Financial information

Please see the college website for fee details

Further information

For further information, please visit the college website

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2018
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