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Level 3 Early Years Educator Diploma 2018

Course level: 
Qualification type: 
Subject area: 
Children’s Care
Awarding body: 
City & Guilds
1 year
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Course Content:

The level 3 Diploma offers learners a high standard of learning and development, and will allow progression to higher education for those who wish to take this route.

All level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications will require candidates to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of early years education and care, including that they can:

  • Support and promote children's early education and development
  • Plan and provide effective care, teaching and learning that enables children to progress and prepares them for school.
  • Make accurate and productive use of assessment
  • Develop effective and informed practice
  • Safeguard and promote the health, safety and welfare of children
  • Work in partnership with the key person, colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals
  • Paediatric First Aid (certificated by Edexel)
  • Safeguarding (certificated by Alton College, a recognised qualification)


Studying at Alton College:

This is a  30 week course with 3 hours underpinning in college, candidates will be expected to complete about 12 hours of professional practice, which will include your workrole, as well as a minimum of 7 hours per week private study.

An interview is required before you can enrol on this course.


You will follow a City and Guilds assessment pack and you will be required to produce a portfolio and written assignments which will be internally and externally verified.

All level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications must meet the national requirements set by the Office of qualifications and examinations regulation (Ofqual) for valid, reliable assessment and awarding procedures. They must also be regulated by Ofqual onto the Qualifications & Credit Framework or National Qualifications Framework.


At the end of the course you will have a professional level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care.  This will enable you to enter the workforce as an early years educator or to progress into Higher Education.


Entry Requirements:

You will need at least a level 2 qualification in English and Maths or be willing to study for these.

Course Costs:

£1,500 tuition fee.

Assessment, underpinning, registration and certification.

Extra costs; Text books, stationery, data sticks and calculators (where appropriate)  Approximate cost of text books £40.


This is a Skills Funding Agency course and you may be exempt from the tuition fee, however you would be required to pay the examination fee at the time of enrolment. Tuition fees for overseas students may vary from those quoted.



Please contact for more information.

Unless your tutor informs you otherwise, classes will not be held on College closure days. Details regarding these dates can be found  on the general information page 

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