(16-18) Work Related Learning: Level 3

The Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma is a 12- month course equivalent to 2 A Levels. The course is 100% assessed by coursework and work-related observations, with assignments to meet criteria.


The Diploma will lead to a highly specialised work-related qualification comprising the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work in an Early Years setting with children under 5 years old.

Career Paths

  • Foundation Degree in Early Years
  • Early Years Educator in a Private Nursery or school
  • Play Therapist
  • SENCO in an Early Years setting
  • Safeguarding Officer in an Early Years setting
  • Room Leader or Manager in an Early Years setting

More than just a course

This full -time course comprises of theoretical classroom delivery, including Functional Skills English and Maths, if required and extensive practical workplace (3 days per week) in a variety of early years settings with regular workplace observation assessment.

This is a qualification ideal for individuals with a focussed career ambition and provides a full licence to practice in early years. 

Other Units Include

  • Principles of Safeguarding in Early Years
  • Planning and implementing activities and play for children
  • Promoting health & safety for children
  • Child development from conception to 7 years
  • Working in partnership with colleagues and other professionals

 Unique Features

  • All Trainer / Assessors are industry experience
  • Opportunity to gain real work experience with local employers
  • Development of employability and sector skills

Entry Requirements

A Level 2 Childcare qualification is preferred. Applicants must have the experience or opportunities to progress the practical elements of this advanced course. GCSE English and Maths Grade C or 4 or above or equivalent Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths   will be required to gain a licence to practice at Level 3. 

Functional Skills English and Maths can be undertaken if required. 

A satisfactory Enhanced DBS check will be essential. 

“I am so pleased I decided on this course. I have always wanted to progress a childcare career and with the experience I gained I was able to secure employment quickly”