Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care

Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care

Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care

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This qualification enables you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to care for young children, you will be able to enter the sector as an Early Years Educator

You will be studying key areas, including:

  • Legislation relating to safeguarding
  • Planning to meet the needs of children
  • Legislation relating to health and safety
  • Using observation and assessment

You will also complete child observations and undertake three externally marked assessments and functional skills in maths and English. Placement is a requirement of the qualification; you will require a clear DBS check.

Assessment will take place through written unit assignments and tutor observations of your practical skills in a placement setting.

Successful students can progress into the early years sector or onto Higher Education.

If you are between 19 and 23 years of age when you start this course you may need to pay course fees. However, we can help you with our flexible payment plans.


Three GCSE at grade 4 (C), a satisfactory reference and a successful interview with a member of the Childcare and Education team.

Course Summary

Length of study:
less than 1 year 70 Weeks


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Study option(s):
Full time

Course level:
Level 3

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Making your application

We will check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll receive an invitation via email to attend an interview with a Curriculum Tutor.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

Why Coventry

From entry-level qualifications, through to degree-level and specialist professional courses there’s something here for students with little or no formal education right up to career high-flyers. Expect a vibrant environment where you can meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Career Assessment

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College open event

March 14, 2020 10:00 - 13:00

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You’ll have the opportunity to talk to course tutors, have a go at some taster activities and explore our fantastic facilities.