Diploma in Residential Childcare (England) - Level 3
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 - Level 3 Diploma Hele Road Centre *Please see below *Please see below Variable Variable £1040.00 **Advanced Learner Loan is available None

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

This is a competency based course recognising your ability to gain a good knowledge and understanding of a subject and to perform varied tasks in your workplace. You will be observed and you will also be completing assignments.

This is primarily for those working in a senior position a face-to-face role with children or young people in a residential setting.  You will undertake 16 Mandatory units examples of which are listed below together with a choice of optional units dependent on your job role and your client group.

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

*Course dates are:-

  • 18th September 2017 to the 17th September 2019.
  • 15th January 2018 to the 14th January 2020.
  • 16th April 2018 to the 15th October 2020.

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

What topics will I study?

  • Understand the development of children and young people in residential childcare
  • Understand how to safeguard and protect children and young people in residential childcare
  • Understand how to support children and young people who have experienced harm or abuse
  • Promote effective communication and information handling in residential childcare settings
  • Support risk management in residential childcare
  • Assessment and planning with children and young people in residential childcare
  • Support group living in residential childcare
  • Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people in residential childcare 

What are the entry requirements?

You must be working in a senior position in a residential childcare setting and must complete a DSB/CRB check for your employer. You need excellent communication and organisational skills and be motivated to learn.  You will have to undertake an interview and complete a skills scan.

What facilities are there?

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

What can the course lead on to?

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and children and Young People’s Services.

Are there any additional costs?

You can purchase a text book - approximately £20.


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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