Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 3 Full-Time Bede Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

The course explores the exciting and busy world of childcare and education. As a student on this course, you will develop current knowledge and professional skills to work with children from birth to 5 years. Additionally, you will also gain understanding of children aged 5-7 years.

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s including English and maths at Grade 4 or above, along with a satisfactory DBS clearance check.
If you intend to progress to university to study Primary Teaching you’ll need to have GCSEs in English, maths and science at Grade 4.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits. You will also be required to purchase a placement top, so you look professional in the workplace. You will need to provide photo ID or an original birth certificate for a DBS check at the start of the programme, this could incur an additional cost.

This course includes a combination of classroom and placement teaching and learning experiences so that our graduates can apply theory to practice.

Your knowledge and skills will be assessed through coursework portfolio, direct placement practice and a controlled assessment.

You will grow in confidence with supportive and caring staff who lift you towards your dream job in childcare!

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. A GCSE grade 4 or higher is an entry requirement for this level 3 course.

Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term. You would normally spend 3 days in college and 2 days in placement.

Some of the subjects you will learn about are:

- Development through life: Exploring the psychological and biological development of children from birth to 7 years.

- Learning through play: You will learn how to become a professional at disguising learning through fun planned play activities with children and babies.

- Keeping children safe: As a early years educator, you will learn how to protect children, read about real life case studies, and apply your knowledge in placements.

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What’s next?

On achievement of this qualification, you will gain your license to practice to work in an early years setting. You could also access higher education courses/university.

There are many different job opportunities available for Early years educators, some of these include:

Practitioner in nurseries or schools, Pre-school worker, Home based childcare, Nanny/Au pair- Working in this country and overseas, Children’s Holiday Representative, Family Support Working in Children’s Centers, Play Support Worker in Hospitals.

University/Higher Education courses you could access include:

Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning, Foundation Degree in Early Years Studies, HNC and HND in Childhood Practice.

BA Hons in Education Studies, BA Hons in Working with Children and Families, BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We are the College of the Year

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College?

94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


(*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

Our achievement rates are well above the national average

We have the widest range of courses in the region.

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.