Course Details

  • If you would like to work with young children – from birth to five years old – but want to learn the skills you’ll need around a job you currently have, this Level 3 Diploma will allow you to study part-time as you train to become an Early Years Educator.

    You’ll learn all about the role of an early years’ practitioner, and develop an understanding of all the legislations and frameworks currently in place. Most importantly, you’ll discover all the different methods and techniques for play, development and learning in school.

    The course will prepare you for work with children up to the age of five, but you will also develop your knowledge of children aged five to seven. You’ll focus on a variety of topics on a part time basis, with one day a week spent in college for theoretical work, and two days a week on placement to gain some essential practical experience.


  • You’ll need to have a GCSE in both English and Maths, or a Level 2 Functional Skills in these subjects.

  • Throughout this Level 3 diploma, you’ll be assessed via written assignments and case studies, alongside observations and evidence of practical assessments in the classroom.

  • After you’ve completed the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce, you’ll be able to either start a career in education with your new 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 the exciting career opportunities in early years education. This could include becoming an Early Years Educator, a practitioner in nursery schools or reception classes, or an assistant in Children’s Centres.

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  • 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.

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

    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!


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