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Level 3 Childcare & Education Technical Certificate/Extended Diploma

Subject Area
Early Years & Childcare
Qualification Gained
CACHE Level 3 Childcare & Education Technical Certificate (Year 1)
Study Level
Adult, School Leavers, Level 3
1 year Full-time
Start Date
Study Mode


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.

All Saints CE Primary School is one of our industry partners on this course and provides outstanding work placements for our young people on the course.

  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.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at grade 4 or above in these subjects when you start your course.

  • 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.


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 ay any time.



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