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Childcare and Education Certificate, Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


This course is designed to help students build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people.

This course introduces students to the childcare sector. To obtain the Early Years Educator license to practice students must successfully complete this course and progress onto the level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education.

It is run over two days per week in addition to 3 days of work placement which are integral to the course and will provide opportunities for students to develop their confidence, self-esteem and practical skills in a range of settings, such a schools, nurseries and children's centres.

The units covered through this qualification may include:

  • Child Development
  • Children's Health and Well-being
  • Children's additional needs
  • Emergent Literacy and numeracy
  • International Perspectives
  • Reflective Practice
  • Play and Learning

This course also requires 400 hours of work placement per year in a variety of settings

Why our college?

Industry standard facilities

At our college you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain real experiences of work

All of our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A unique student experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our college you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE's at C/4 including English and Maths. Applicants must also successfully complete a Disclosure Baring Service (DBS) check and need to demonstrate interest and enthusiasm for working with children.

Learning Outcomes

The Certificate provides learners with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills within early years childcare and education in preparation for progression to the Diploma.


The course will be internally and externally assessed by a range of methods. This will include; direct observation within a workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task/exam set by the awarding body.


Students will progress onto the Diploma and then the Foundation Degree in Early Years at City College or a similar higher education course.

Career Progression

Students can progress into a variety of professions including becoming a practitioner in a children’s centre, day nurseries, nursery schools or reception classes in primary schools or registered childminders and nannies.


If you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 years and over please contact the Advice Shop.

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