Course Information

Who is the course for?

This Level 3 course is designed to be suitable for early years staff who are experienced in their role, and are involved in planning and key working.  It is assessed in a work situation and combines knowledge and practical skills.  It is a flexible programme and you will need to have the opportunity to be involved in planning learning activities in your workplace.  Allow up to two years to complete.

What does the course involve?

This course comprises a number of mandatory units.  Examples of areas you will study include:

  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Theories which underpin practice
  • Observation and assessment
  • Safeguarding children
  • Working in partnership with others.

What makes this course special?

There may be opportunity to meet and share with others working in a similar environment and compare and discuss current practice.  This course offers you the opportunity to demonstrate competent performance of tasks related to your work and to develop your own skills and potential.

Placements/Work Placements

You are expected to have employment in an early years setting which includes the requirement to have key children, and to be involved with planning, observation and assessment, prior to interview.  Your employment will need to last the duration of the course.

Entry Requirements

  • You are expected to have employment in an early years setting which includes the requirement to have key children, and to be involved with planning, observation and assessment, prior to interview.  Your employment will need to last the duration of the course
  • A full Level 2 qualification or 5 GCSEs grade C or above (You must have achieved GCSE English Language at Grade C or above prior to entry)
  • Employment in an early years setting
  • An interview is required for this course
  • Mature students welcome to apply.

What are the assessment methods?

There are no written exams for this course.  Instead you will build a portfolio which will include coursework and practical assessments in your workplace. 

How long is the course?

You can start this course at any time.  Expect to complete within two years.

What are the College attendance requirements?

  • You will spend one morning in college weekly
  • Self-study hours will be up to 10 a week.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

You might like to buy a textbook to help you with this qualification, which can be bought from the LRC.

What are the progression options?

  • On completion of this qualification you will need Functional Skills Level 2 or above in English and Maths to be able to be counted in ratios as a qualified Level 3 practitioner.
  • Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner
  • Level 5 Diploma in Early Years.

Destinations

Former learners have progressed into managerial positions in early years settings, and some have progressed to our Foundation Degree.

Awarding Body

City and Guilds.

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