Course Overview

This is a 1 year course that leads on from the the year 1 Technical Certificate. 
Both years are needed in order to achieve ‘licence to practice’ as an Early Years Educator (EYE) or to achieve the 3 A levels equivalence needed for UCAS/University entry.
On completion of the 2 years, the diploma gives ‘licence to practice’ so qualifies students to work in early years as an EYE practitioner. This could be school nursery/reception, private  day nursery/childcare settings and Children’s Centres.
After completion of the 2 years/diploma learners can progress to University to courses such as teaching, social work and children’s nursing dependent on grade achieved/UCAS points accrued.


Course Structure

College-Coursework- 6 units  graded D-A*  in year 2.
Controlled assessment in January in year 2(externally marked).
Work Placement 2 days per week, in a school.
Modules Covered - Year 2 (Diploma)
Unit 9- Emergent Literacy
Unit 10- Emergent Maths
Unit 11: School readiness
Unit 12- International perspectives
Unit 13- Professional development
Unit 14- Partnership working
Unit 16 placement portfolio is completed over the 2 years

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at C/4 or above including  English language and Maths.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade A*-C in these subjects when you commence your course.

How Will I Learn?

College lessons & workshops.

Skills You Will Develop

You will gain knowledge within the classroom to include theory, best practice and current early years curriculum content. 
Placement will give you the opportunity to put this into practice and develop your skills in a real workplace environment
You will also gain skills needed for the workplace such as communication, teamwork, professional values and confidence. You will be supported to develop your academic writing skills needed for further study.


Gain practical experience that will support job and university application success alongside achieving a graded A Level equivalent course.
All tutors/assessors are industry professionals and are early years trained/experienced.

How You Will Be Assessed

  • Graded coursework/essays.
  • Controlled assessments.
  • Practical observations in the workplace.

Things You May Need

College polo shirt and sensible footwear (while on Placement).

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].