Diploma For The Early Years Practitioner - Early Years Educator - Level 3 - Learning and Development
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 3 Hele Road Centre *Please see below *Please see below Variable (2 years) Variable £2200.00 **Advanced Learner Loan is available None

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This qualification is designed for employed practitioners who are working in settings delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage, experienced in their role, involved in planning learning activities, promoting the needs of individuals and key working. There are college and externally set assignments, a longitudinal study, one to one assessment and planning to cover the practical and underpinning knowledge elements of the qualification.
The course lasts for up to 2 years and an assessor will arrange to see you in your work place to plan assignments and assess your competence. You may also meet with your assessor by appointment on a one to one basis at the college to cover the underpinning knowledge and carry out assessments. An Online portfolio system is used which is accessible to you 24/7.

*Course dates are:-

  • 18th September 2017 to the 17th September 2019.
  • 15th January 2018 to the 14th January 2020.
  • 9th April 2018 to the 8th April 2020.

To find out more:
Telephone: 01392 400577  Email: susanbright@exe-coll.ac.uk

*This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Click here for further information.

What topics will I study?

This qualification has been designed to provide an introduction to the practical skills and knowledge required in a assistant role and will provide occupational competence to work under the supervision of qualified practitioners. This is an ideal introductory course for those that are new to the sector. 


What are the entry requirements?

The Early Years Educator qualification requires GCSE English and maths, at grade C or above, on entry. You must have suitable employment in a real work environment for a minimum of approx 16 hours, hold a current DBS and also have  GCSE English and maths grade C or above (or equivalent). This course requires detailed research and written work to underpin the assignments carried out, you will need to be aware that you will require sufficient time to do this independently. If you are aged 19 or over then you may apply for an advanced learner loan which could pay the fees of this course. Contact us for information on fees.

What facilities are there?

  • Tutorial and assessor support
  • Online portfolio and resources
  • You will have access to a learning centre

What can the course lead on to?

Once you have completed this course you may be eligible to work towards a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies

Are there any additional costs?

None specified.

What do our students think?

Throughout the course I was given clear objectives and targets and used a good variety of assessment methods. My assessor was flexible with regards my setting which was invaluable and knowing she was on the end of the phone or email helped me get through the course.”

It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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