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Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 2 Years
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code FLR3EYE (2123)

  • Who is it for?

    This course prepares you to become Early Years Educators, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5-7 yrs. After completion of the course you will be able to enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator or access Higher Education.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need at least 5 academic GCSEs including English language and Maths at a grade 4 or above (plus science if going into teaching or a nursing profession), or a CACHE level 2 Diploma plus Functional Skills at level 2.

    (Please note for progression onto university GCSEs will need to be obtained in Maths and English).

    You will have a positive outlook to studying and a clear DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

    Disclosure and Barring Service: The College is a registered body under the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and will enable students to apply for a Disclosure check. The College will ask for DBS registration for students on this course. If you are applying for a place you need to be aware that you should be willing to discuss previous convictions, reprimands, cautions or final warnings prior to enrolling on the course. This will allow us to provide you with appropriate information, advice and guidance on an individual basis.

  • What does the course involve?

    The course will involve 750 placement hours. You will study 8 units in Year 1 and 7 units in Year 2 of the course, including Play and Learning, Assessment and Observation and Development.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Through written assessment plus 2 external assessments. There are 15 units across the 2 year programme.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

Lauren Davies

Lauren Davies

Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
Previous school: MShrewsbury Academy

You get loads of placement and work experience opportunities on this course – with two days a week for the whole year. I do mine at Shrewsbury Cathedral Nursery. It is a very rewarding course and gives you a great head-start with your future career, with so many job options available once you’ve completed College. The teachers are helpful and supportive, with College and personal issues. I hope to go to university to get my PGCE so that I can eventually be a primary school teacher.

Libby Barrett

Libby Barrett

Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
Previous school: Meole Brace School

After looking around other colleges and the other campuses, Childcare and Education at London Road Campus was my favourite option. I have always enjoyed being around children and after College I will be working at Opportunity Pre-School. On this course I’ve learnt strategies to manage my work, coursework and personal life. Being allowed to do practical placements is really useful and it’s great to work with current practitioners in a current situation.

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Career Options

  • Nursery nurses and assistants

    Up to £16,000

  • Teaching and other educational professionals n.e.c.

    Up to £17,000


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