Level 3 Diploma in Early Years (Early Years Educator) - Diploma only

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Course overview

The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. We are currently offering this course in Bridgwater on Mondays, Taunton on Tuesdays, Yeovil on Wednesdays and Fridays in Frome. We are also planning to offer an online learning option subject to demand.

Theme 1: Health and well-being

Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

Learners must achieve:

23 mandatory units

Guided Learning 486 (hours)

Total Qualification Time 610 (hours)

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

UCAS Points

This qualification has the following UCAS Points - P - 32.

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or wishing to work in early years education and care.

Early Years Educator: GCSE Requirements

From 3 April 2017, the requirement for Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYE) to hold GCSE English and maths A*-C, will be broadened to Level 2 qualifications, including Functional Skills.

This will enable staff with an EYE qualification and Level 2 English and mathematics qualifications to count in the Level 3 staff: child ratios in childcare settings. This includes those who already hold an EYE qualification, began studying an EYE from September 2014, or will achieve an EYE in the future.

Please refer to the Early Years Workforce Strategy (March 2017) for further details.

Course assessment

To gain this qualification the learner will need to:

Pass all units

Complete longitudinal study

Show competence in a real work environment

Placements are required for achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 350 placement hours is required. During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the real work environment who will be required to complete professional development records.

Course progression

Learners can progress to the Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner or other higher level early years qualifications.

Upon achievement of this qualification learners will gain their licence to practise and it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

Assistant in Children's Centres

Practitioner in nursery schools

Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools

Pre-school worker

Need to know…

Entry Requirements:

To study for this qualification, you will need to be working or volunteering in an Early Years Childcare setting for at least 10 hours a week.

Learners should ideally have the equivalent of Level 1 literacy skills, however, a formal qualification is not required as this will be assessed prior to starting the course.

The coursework for this award will be completed electronically. Learners will need access to a internet enabled PC or laptop with Microsoft Windows or Apple software to access the portfolio system required for the course evidence. Please talk to a member of the SS&L team if you do not have access to any of these devices.

This Level 3 Course is FREE as part of the Free Courses For Jobs offer, funded by the Government for eligible adults.


Adults aged 19 and above can get a free level 3 qualification if they:

· Are 19 or over and do not already have a level 3 qualification

· Already have a level 3 qualification or higher, but earn below the National Living Wage annually (£20,319 from April 2013)

· Already have a level 3 qualification or higher but are unemployed

Alternatively, applicants for this course may be eligible to apply for an advanced learner loan. Find out more about fees and funding -

Fee information:

The cost of this course is FREE
eligibility criteria applies

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