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Early Years

NCFE Level 3 diploma for the children's work force (early year's educator) is a competence based qualification. This qualification is based on national standards and is a job ready qualification which requires learners to demonstrate their skills and knowledge required to work in the childcare industry. The competence based qualification must be assessed in the workplace in accordance with the early year's educator qualification and assessment principles. Learners will be expected to complete 350 hours work placement.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    16 and over. Must have at least 5 GCSE including English and maths at grade A ? C or grade 4 A Level 2 childcare qualification Students with non-standard qualification will be directed to see the childcare team. Student are also required to have a full advanced DBS and a childcare placement.

    Assessment Method

    Internally assessed and externally assessed portfolio.

    Aims of the course

    This qualification is a job ready qualification which requires learners to demonstrate their skills and knowledge required to work in the childcare industry. Suitable for those working in nurseries, nursery schools, primary school reception classes and those registered as childminders and nannies.

    Progression Opportunities

    Foundation degree in early years


    Virtual learning areas and Inspiring classrooms. Students will also benefit from attending a range of workshops, day trips and exhibitions

    Career Options

    Work in a range of childcare sectors.

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 07/09/2020
End Date 02/07/2021


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 3,698 p/year
24+ £3,698 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

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