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Childcare and Education EYE Certificate level 3

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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Childcare and Education EYE Certificate level 3
Code C4566
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This exciting course in childcare is our highest level course to enrol on without existing childcare qualifications. You will gain important industry knowledge and experience in childcare from birth to 5 years of age. This one year programme can be followed by an additional year of study after which you will be prepared for a variety of career prospects within the industry. Alternatively, you may wish to continue your studies on a University course for example in education, early years of nursing. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.


The course comprises of 15 units including: 1. Child development 2. Child health 3. Play and learning 4. How to observe children 5. International perspectives on childcare and early years 6. Preparing for school readiness There are two placements as part of this course, carried out in different age ranges in schools and nurseries. You are also required to gain 400+ hours in placement across the first year of study. It is important that you work with the placement coordinator to ensure you are working towards the correct placement.

How will it be delivered?

This is an intensive course that requires you to pass all three elements of assessment; college assignments, your work based competency portfolio, and externally assessed work completed under supervised conditions. Students work three full days in college and two full days in placement. All of the units include assignments, so on average, you can expect each unit to have three assignments, equating to 21 assignments on a variety of subjects throughout this course. Please remember, as this is a level 3 course, you will be graded the same as an A level piece of work. It is also important to note that awarding organisation rules state only two attempts can be made with externally-assessed work and should you fail both attempts, this will lead you to fail the entire course. In the workplace, you will be expected to perform specific tasks on a regular basis. You will then be observed by our assessors to determine if you are competent. If you are not yet competent, an action plan will be drawn up between yourself and your assessor and a new date for an observation-based assignment will be organised. The final aspect is the supervised controlled assessment; this is when you will be set an assignment-style question. You will have one week to write your assignment, only in college under supervised conditions. This is similar to an exam except you are permitted access to the web, textbooks, and your notes. Full details on this will be provided at induction or if you are concerned about it, please contact the programme lead.

Entry requirements

Entry onto this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. 5 GCSEs are required at grade 4 or above with GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above being part of those five. The English and maths requirements are mandatory to study this course, if you do not meet these criteria, we can discuss alternative course options with you.

Your next steps...

Once you have been awarded this certificate, you can start paid employment in the sector in a role such as an assistant nursery nurse, nanny, or work in a cr�che. If you want to continue studying, you can progress onto year 2 and study the level 3 Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education. You will continue with subjects across a range of areas including, research skills, curriculum in early years, and building your professional portfolio in the work placement. A further 400+ hours of work placement will also follow, undertaken in a variety of settings. On completion, this Technical Diploma provides a maximum of 168 UCAS points enabling you to progress to university for degrees in subjects such as early years, primary education (QTS), social work, paediatric nursing and general nursing. Please be aware: some universities will require science GCSE grade 4/C for some degrees while all universities will require science GCSE grade 4/C for QTS degrees.



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