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NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

After this course you will be qualified to work in the childcare sector as an Early years educator with a licence to practice in the vocational sector. Alternatively you may apply to university on a range of courses in the social sciences department.

Overview of the course: 

This course is designed for students who are interested in working with children aged 0-7yr 11 months. It reflects the latest developments and approaches within the early years sector.
The course aims to prepare students to work competently, safely and effectively and gain essential knowledge and skills to support progression into the next stage of education or into employment.

This qualification prepares you to work unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity with children and their families in a variety of settings which could include nurseries, children centres, home-based child care pre-schools or schools.

The course requires students to spend two days per week on placement.

Entry requirements: 

To enrol on this course you will have progressed from level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education with a minimum of merit grades and a clear disclosure barring service form.

Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


Topics covered on the course include;Child Development, Play and learning, Physical development and care needs, health and safety, working with parents, supporting speech and language, supporting personal, social and emotional development, safeguarding in the Early years, Observation, Assessment and Planning, Reflective practice, Research skills, The Early years foundation stage and Supporting literacy and numeracy.

How is the course assessed?: 

Units are assessed internally, learners must achieve a minimum of a grade D to be awarded the unit. There is an external Extended Assessment Task which is marked by awarding body.

The course requires students to spend two days per week on placement. Competence is assessed by an allocated assessor who will carry out direct observations of learners in a real work environment.

Further study options after this course: 

On successful completion of the course you will be able to progress to employment in the early years sector. You may also apply for a university course to further your studies.

Length of the course: 

1 year full time


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2019

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2019 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Loan funded if you already have a full level 3 qualification or are aged 24 and over on 31st August 2019 - contact us to check your qualifications and for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (18 Jul 2019 21:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly ask our students how we are doing at East Durham College, we have three student surveys every year. We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.

Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.

98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

‘My teachers are very helpful and give me the best advice if needed’

‘My lecturers are very helpful and are always there if I struggle with something’

‘The staff on my course are very helpful and friendly and try their best to help you along with your coursework and to finish the course’

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How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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