Course Overview

This is initially a one-year course that leads to progression onto the year 2 Technical Diploma. 
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.
There is a work placement 2 days per week, during Year 1 in a day nursery.


Course Structure

Modules Covered Year 1 (Certificate)
Unit 1: Child Development
Unit 2: Health & Well-being
Unit 3:  Safe environments
Unit 4: Child Health
Unit 5: Play and learning
Unit 6: Additional needs
Unit 7: Observation, Assessment & Planning

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?

You will learn via 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 (during your 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].