Course Overview

This is a vocational route to Early Years Educator (EYE) Level 3 Diploma status.

It is suitable for mature learners who are aged 19+ or 24+ who are volunteering or employed in an early years setting or school or have life experience or young children of their own. The College can help you find a placement if you have not already arranged one.

You will need to attend College for one day per week in term time and to either be working or volunteering two days per week with children aged 0-5.

Course Structure

During the course you will need to complete a minimum of 32 days with children within the 3-5 age group, 22 days with 2 year olds and at least six days with babies.

You will be observed by an Assessor at least once in each of these age groups and will complete a practical portfolio of evidence of your competence.

You will also complete 23 Units which are coursework-based with your Unit Tutors.

To pass the course you will need to pass all Units and your practical portfolio and complete the minimum required hours.

To achieve your licence to practice within the ratios as a full Level 3, you will need to have achieved GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above (or older equivalent qualifications - but not Functional Skills).

Entry Requirements

A minimum of four GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above or equivalent. (You must have GCSE Grade C/4 in either English or Mathematics [or both]).

As an adult learner, if you do not have both GCSE English and Mathematics you must enrol independently on the appropriate GCSE course to be able to start the Level 3 course. Bradford College has a range of Mathematics and English courses available for study both in an evening and during the day.

You will need to pass a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check to confirm your suitability to work with young children.

How Will I Learn?

You will study 23 Units which are based around four themes:

  • Health and Well-being
  • Legislation Frameworks and Professional Practice
  • Play Development and Learning for School Readiness
  • Professional Development.

You will also complete a longitudinal study (observations, assessment and planning) and your practical skills in placement.



Providing you achieve GCSE English and Mathematics, this course will support you to be qualified to work within the Early Years Foundation stage as a Level 3 practitioner (EYE) in schools, reception, nurseries, children's centres and private nurseries.

There are also opportunities for progression onto Higher Education courses such as Foundation Degrees.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].