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Bradford College

Childcare & Education Technical Certificate/Extended Diploma

Qualification Gained
CACHE Level 3 Childcare & Education Technical Certificate, CACHE Level 3 Childcare & Education Extended Diploma
Study Level
Adult, School Leavers, Level 3
1 year per course
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
David Hockney Building


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.

Year 1 of this course will award you with a Technical Certificate, before progression into Year 2 where you will work towards an Extended Diploma.

This course is part of our Ambitions Hub programme.

Please note that a uniform is required for this course, click here to purchase.

  Key Info

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. You will learn via College lessons & workshops.

Unit 1: Child Development

Unit 2: Health & Wellbeing

Unit 3: Safe Environments

Unit 4: Child Health Unit

Unit 5: Play and Learning

Unit 6: Additional Needs

Unit 7: Observation, Assessment & Planning

Entry to this course requires 5 GCSEs at 4 or C or above including GCSE English and Maths.

  • Graded coursework/Essays
  • Controlled Assessments
  • Practical Observations in the Workplace

College polo shirt and sensible footwear (during your placement).


Successful completion of this course can lead to progression to further study and employment in Early Years, Childcare and Education.

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees. If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

Our Students Say

By studying Level 3 Childcare at Bradford College, I successfully attained a place in Bradford University. I applied for a place in International Relations, Politics, Peace and Security studies. I achieved more than my expected UCAS Points for this course. Malika Mehmood Former Childcare student at Bradford College

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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This course is delivered in partnership with
All Saints CE Primary School