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 £2300.00 **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 experienced practitioners who have a previous level 2, working in settings delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. You will be planning activities, promoting the needs of individuals and key working.   You will have a dedicated assessor who will work with you in your workplace on a 1:1 basis to gather the evidence required for the practical and underpinning knowledge requirements. The course lasts for up to 2 years and we use an online portfolio system which is accessible to you 24/7.

*Course dates are:

  • 16.09.2019 to 13.09.2021 - variable days
  • 13.01.2020 to 10.01.2022 - variable days
  • 27.04.2020 to 25.04.2022 - variable days

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 to be an Early Years practitioner. Units include Theorists, Child Development, Safeguarding, Equality and inclusion, Creative Learning and Observations and Assessment. 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.


What are the entry requirements?

The Early Years Educator qualification requires GCSE English and maths at grade C or above (or equivalent e.g. Functional Skills level 2).  You must have suitable employment in a real work environment for a minimum of approx. 16 hours, and hold a current DBS. If you are aged 19+ then you may apply for a learning loan which could pay the fees of this course, you may enrol at any time of the year.
You will also require a completed employer permissions form to be completed.

What facilities are there?

  • 1:1 assessor support

  • Online portfolio and resources

  • You will have access to a learning resource centre

What can the course lead on to?

Once you have completed this course you may be eligible to progress onto the Level 4 Early Years Advanced Practitioner Course or a Foundation Degree in Early Years.

Are there any additional costs?

None specified.

What do our students think?

Although this was more challenging than I had anticipated I have learned so much. It has made me realise that this is the job I want to be in for life, I knew I had always wanted to work with children but I wasn’t sure in what way, this course gave me clarity, taught me a clear understanding and that I need to constantly be learning new things in order to keep my knowledge up to date but also to keep improving my practice every day.”

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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