- Course Code: CC557
- Duration: 1 academic year
- Start Date: 07-Sep-20, 06-Sep-21
- Validated by: National Council Further Education
- Study mode: Full Time
The Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education is a fast paced two year, full-time course that will enable you to achieve a CACHE Level 3 Diploma Early Years Educator. (CACHE is the UK's most recognised Childcare & Education Awarding body)
You will spend your time either studying at College or within an early years setting such as: nurseries, schools and children's centres, which are in locations close to your home town / area.
Childcare and Education are both extremely varied and rewarding careers, offering opportunities to work within a nursery setting with babies and toddlers, or teaching young children in primary schools.
The Level 3 course will provide you with the flexiblity to either enter the work place or continuing studying at degree level, with careers or progression routes to Early Years Practitioner; Nursery Manager; Primary School Teacher; Social Worker; Support Worker within a children's residential home; and a Teaching Assistant.
To provide you with additional opportunities Blackburn College are proud partners with both East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and The Forest School learning experience. We are the first College in the country to offer the pioneering and innovative Forest learning experience within a natural outdoor environment.
You will also be able to take part in, and benefit from, our enrichment opportunities giving you the ability to take part in Camp America, Leyland and Salmesbury Playschemes. In addtion you will be able to complete a paediatric first aid qualification. All perfect opportunities to enrich your CV or your UCAS applications.
- What will I study?
You will study a range of units covering different aspects of Learning and Development. The topics you will learn include:
- Child Development from Conception to Birth
- Children’s Health and Wellbeing
- Play and Learning
- Supporting Numeracy and Literacy
- International Perspectives. You will develop both theoretical and practical experience of the innovative Danish Forest School concept centred on learning in a natural environment for which you will be able to gain a CACHE endorsed certificate to boost your qualification portfolio. (CACHE is the UK's most recognised Childcare & Education Awarding body)
- Reflective Practice for Professional Development. We offer over 750 hours of work placement experience within schools and nurseries. Placements are managed by our dedicated team who mentor you and provide contact via regular visits.
- Entry Requirements
You will need 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including Maths and English Language. You can progress from level 2 Childcare as long as you have completed and have been successful in Maths and English Language at Grade C/4.
A successful DBS check is also required.
- How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed through internally and externally assessed coursework over 21 varied units.
This will include case studies, information booklets, essays and discussion based exercises.
You will also be assessed through 2 externally set and marked extended assessments.
Your practical performance will also be assessed on a regular basis in each of your three early years’ settings. You will be required to carry out a work placement of approximately 750 hours, which will be organised for you.
- What can I do next?
The Level 3 Diploma will provide you with a great deal of flexibility.
You will be able to either progress straight to your choice of work, whether this is in a nusery, school or in a hospital environment. We find that some students then return to education and undertake a foundation degree / degree after completing two or three years in the workplace.
Or you may wish to progress from College straight to University, with many of our students enrolling onto degree courses at The University of Bath, Edge Hill University and The University Centre at Blackburn College.
Many of our students go onto secure and be successful in a variety of careers ranging from: Primary School Teachers, Social Workers, Early Years Educators and Psychologists.
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