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Childcare Advanced (Level 3)

This Level 3 study programme will prepare you for becoming an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 0-7 years. This qualification will prepare you for working unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity with children and their families in a variety of early year’s settings within the childcare sector. The study programme will also award you a maximum of 420 UCAS points to enable you to progress on to higher education. The learning experience will be reflective of the current structure and expectations of the childcare sector and you will have the opportunity to put theory into practice by preparing and carrying out relevant activities in quality childcare placements covering ages 0-5 years.


I’ve progressed through all the levels of Childcare, initially starting with Foundations Skills as I didn’t have any qualifications when I left school.  I’ve spent much of my life looking after my brothers who have special needs, so I know a lot about children and studying this course seemed to make sense.

I really enjoy being at College and I like this course because I’ve experienced a lost childhood myself and I want to make things better for other children.  I was very shy when I started the course, but I’m not now.  I’ve become more confident and more sociable. It’s all down to the praise and encouragement from my tutors. A lot of the tutors have helped me, they’ve honestly been amazing. 

The tutors also helped me organise some work experience.  I’m on a placement now at Pilgrims Pre-Preparatory School working as a nursery nurse assistant.  I’m involved in planning play activities, observing the children and understanding how we can help each child develop further or if they need help with a specific problem.

Now I’m progressing on to the second year of my childcare Level 3 qualification there are a lot of options open to me, including getting a job in the sector or going on to higher education.

Shane - Childcare Level 3

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 2 Years
  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths 


  • Early Years Educator Level 2 qualification with Functional Skills

Entry will also be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to demonstrate an ability to work in an early years placement. 

Course content

During this study programme you will learn about child development, child observation, safeguarding, theories and philosophical approaches to how children play and learning for school readiness.

Theme 1: Health and Wellbeing
Theme 2: Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice
Theme 3: Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness
Theme 4: Professional Development
  • Subject units:
    • Child Development from Conception to Seven Years
    • Children’s Health and Wellbeing
    • Providing Safe Environments for Children
    • Child Health
    • Play and Learning
    • Understanding Children’s Additional Needs
    • Observation, Assessment and Planning
    • Professional Practice Portfolio 
    • Supporting Emergent Literacy
    • Supporting Emergent Mathematics
    • Preparing for School Readiness
    • International Perspectives
    • Reflective Practice for Professional Development
    • Professional Partnerships in Early Years
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience: 
    During the programme you will spend two days per week in a childcare placement.
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    You will take part in various team building activities and have an opportunity to take part in educational trips and fundraising activities for a trip to Africa.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a variety of methods throughout the study programme, including assignments, direct observation and two externally marked assignments.


Early Years Educator CACHE Level 3 Diploma


  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

You can also gain up to 112 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you can progress on to higher education or work in a supervisory role in the early years sector.

Additional information

You will be required to pay £36 for required clothing, £20 for books and £54 for any trips/visits.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 10/09/2018 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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Cauldwell Street K1535

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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