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What opportunities will this course give me?

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 will I be learning?

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.

Why is this course for me?

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 do I need to sign up?

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.

Is there anything else 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.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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12/09/2022 - Apply Now


Eastleigh College

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24+: £1,766.00

Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
DCE1 Eastleigh College 12/09/2022 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,766.00 Apply now

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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