Full Time, Part Time

Subject Area

Health, Social Care and Childcare




16-18 Year Olds, Adult



Course Level


Home / Course / Early Years Education and Care (EYE) Diploma Level 3

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for people, either working or wishing to work in early year’s education and care. It is also suitable for those wishing to progress to higher education.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need to have Maths and English at grade C and be of age 19+ to apply for this course.

You will also need to contact, arrange and carry out a placement in a variety of child care settings 0- 5years.

What are the key things you'll learn?

This course looks covers a wide range of aspects in relation to children’s; Health and well-being,

Legislation, frameworks and professional practice in a childcare setting, Play, development and learning for school readiness and supporting Professional development.

How you will learn

This course is taught using a variety of methods including practical sessions, discussions, written tasks and assignments.

To gain this qualification you will need to:

  • Pass all units
  • Complete  a longitudinal study
  • Complete 3 externally set and marked assessments – one of which is exam based.
  • Complete a practical placement covering two different age ranges 0-1yrs, 1-3 yrs and 3-5 yrs.

Where could this course take you?

After successfully completing this course you will become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Following achievement of this qualification you will be able to access higher education or enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. This qualification gives you a licence to practise as an Early Years Educator.

What costs will you incur?

You will be required to provide items of stationary such as pens, paper and files, as well as purchasing a memory stick for use in college.

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.

If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.