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This course will prepare you to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children aged 5 and below whilst also widening your understanding of children aged 5 -7 years.

This qualification is equivalent of three A Levels and carries the same UCAS points tariff, so you will not study additional subjects within your core Study Programme.

The course will give you the opportunity to study a broad range of topics including child development, child health and wellbeing, play and learning and preparing for school readiness.

The course combines classroom lessons and valuable experience in real work environments. Knowledge learnt in the classroom is put into practice whilst on work placement, and experience within the workplace provides many real life examples to apply to the theory and ideas learnt in the classroom.

You will spend 750 hours on work placement. This will help you develop and evidence skills of observing and assessing children’s development as well as planning and preparing fun and educational activities.

You will study the following topics:

  • Child Development
  • Child Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and Safety
  • Play and Learning
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Observing, assessing and planning activities
  • Literacy and Mathematics in Early Years
  • Working in partnership with parents and other professionals
  • International perspectives on Early Years Education

Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Mathematics and English Language or Literature.

Previous experience of working with children under the age of 7 is desirable (not essential).

You will be required to have a DBS check to allow you to participate in work placements. We can discuss this process with you at your Advice and Guidance session following your application to Huish.


How often would I need to go to work placement?

Two days a week is spent in an Early Years Setting and three days a week are spent in College. 750 hours work placement is required in total.

How is the course assessed?

You will be assessed via coursework, observations of your practice in an early years setting and a 20 hour synoptic assessment in each year.

What do students progress onto?

You can go on to work in an Early Years Setting as the course gives you a license to practice, meaning you will be counted as a fully qualified member of staff and included in the adult to child ratio. Huish offers a number of Apprenticeships in this area which you may be interested in. Alternatively, students have gone onto to university courses such as Early Childhood Studies, Play Specialists, Child Psychology courses or Teacher Training.

I have wanted to work in a nursery since a young age so this course seemed perfect to me. As part of this course we spend two of the five college days in a placement each week meaning there are lots of opportunities for us to put what we have learned in the classroom into action.

Abbie Knight, Childcare and Education student

This course is a lot of work and takes up a lot of your time to complete but when I finish I will be a qualified Level 3 practitioner. We spend three days in College completing units of work. Each is on different section we will need to know in order to look after children efficiently. We also spend two days a week out at a work placement for unit 16, which is a Personal Practice Portfolio. I really enjoy going out to placement as it gives me a lot of practical experience of working with children.

Amber Phillingham, Childcare and Education student