Course Details

  • Advancing your skills and knowledge step by step, this Level 3 course will help you complete an Award, Certificate and finally a Diploma qualification to prepare you for a career working with children from birth to five years old, and enable you to secure a job as an Early Years Educator.

    You’ll be covering a wide range of topics to get a thorough understanding of how children develop, right from conception through to about seven years old. You’ll look at topics around their health, their needs, their wellbeing, and how they play and learn.

    As you’ll be working in real, early years environments for parts of the certificate and diploma levels of this course, you’ll also be developing a number of key employability skills. You’ll look at observation, assessment and planning requirements, best professional practices, how to support emergent literacy and mathematics, and how to prepare for school readiness. Each topic will prepare you for a successful career in childcare and education.

  • You’ll need to have at least 5 GCSE grades at A* - C, including a C or above in English and a D or above in Maths to enrol on this Level 3 course. Some previous experience working with children would also be helpful.

    Alternatively, you’ll need to have a completed a full Level 2 Childcare qualification, with a pass grade or above.


    Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements

  • All units on this course will be assessed internally by your tutor, and will use a range of method to check your skills are developing appropriately, including both written tasks and practical assignments.

    For the Certificate and Diploma qualifications, you will complete some externally assessed tasks.

  • After you’ve worked through each stage of this course and completed the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, you’ll be able to either enter the workforce with your skills and abilities or continue onto a higher-level course.

    You may want to advance onto a Foundation Degree in Childhood and Youth Studies at The Manchester College to expand your knowledge further, or you might want to dive straight into one of a number of exciting career opportunities in education. Link to Careers or Link to Careers 2 This could include becoming an Early Years Educator, a practitioner in nursery schools or reception classes, or a childminder.

  • This course is free to take for anyone between the ages of 16 and 18, but if you don’t fall into this category you might need to pay tuition fees, depending on your circumstances.

    There’s lots of help available to make sure you can afford college, including a number of different funding options, tuition fee loans, bursaries and special grants. We’ve put all the information together to make it easier to understand and find what support you can get on our dedicated finance page. Fees, Funding and Finance

  • If you’re struggling to decide whether this course is for you, just ask us! Link to Enquiries

    Our course enquiry team are more than happy to any questions you might have, big or small! They can help you understand the course, the application and enrolment process, finance queries, and all the career opportunities surrounding this subject!