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What career opportunities can this lead to?

On successful completion of Level 3, students can progress onto job roles such as an Early Years Practitioner in a nursery or pre-school or a teaching assistant in a primary school. This qualification can also lead to work in home-based childcare or work abroad with children. The course offers UCAS points which enable progression to Higher Education for those who wish to pursue a career in primary teaching or other related professions.

What are the entry requirements?

This programme is suitable for 16 - 19 year olds. A minimum of 5 GCSEs (including English and maths) at grade A*-C / 9-4 or Functional Skills at L2, is required. You must attend an interview in college and demonstrate an interest in childcare and commitment to study.
You will need to be organised, have excellent communication skills and be able to work using your own initiative.
You will also require a satisfactory DBS check in order to work with children.

What does this programme involve?

You will study a wide range of units including child development, health and well-being, additional needs, childhood illness, children's play and supporting children's emergent literacy and numeracy. You will also learn about different theoretical perspectives and international approaches to early years practice. Methods of learning will include direct teaching, group work and independent research.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

All work is assessed against grade boundaries A*-D. This includes projects, assignments external assessments and work based experience. All students are required to undertake substantial work placement, timetabled on alternate weeks, that forms a mandatory and graded part of your qualification. You should expect to spend at least 10 hours of independent study time outside of class.

What else do I need to know?

Successful completion of Year One of this Level 3 programme is a pre-requisite to entry onto Year Two.
Additional costs incurred will include purchasing a relevant text book, stationery, USB memory stick and a College polo shirt for work placement.
There is a mandatory requirement for students to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in order to attend work placement. The DBS application and associated ID evidence must be processed by October half term for learners to continue further with their course.

Dates for the diary

Our School Leaver open events are held each October, November, March and June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form from our printed prospectus or through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

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Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
DCE1 Eastleigh College 9/9/2019 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,665.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any of our courses, the College has a dedicated Careers Advisor who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1014

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Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

Georgia, Health and Social Care

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Georgia, Health and Social Care

Georgia went on to study Midwifery at Liverpool John Moores University.


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