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Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code FLR2EYE (2122)

  • Who is it for?

    If you wish to work with children and young people you are entering the exciting and developing world of Child Care and Education. The staff are committed to creating and supporting a world-class children’s workforce.

    This qualification prepares you to work in a supervised capacity with children and their families in a variety of settings and environments within the sector of Children’s Services. Successful students can progress onto the Level 3 Early Years programme, or gain employment working with children and young people.

  • Entry Requirements

    You need to have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English Language, maths at grade 2 or above, or a level 1 qualification in Health and Social Care or Childcare. You will study maths alongside your programme. You will need to complete a DBS check within the first 6 weeks of the course as you will be required to complete a work placement.

    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?

    • Covers the age range birth to 7 years in coursework.
    • Covers the age range birth to 5 years in placement.
    • You will spend 3 days in college and 2 days in a vocational practice placement.
    • You will need to show competence in both knowledge and workplace skills.

    The course covers child development, personal development, nutrition, communication, safeguarding, health and safety and first aid.

  • How is the course assessed?

    All units are internally assessed. Assessment enables the learner’s placement to provide evidence for the qualification.

    Methods of assessment may include:

    • Direct observation
    • Reflection on own practice
    • Written assignments
    • Plans and written records
    • Tasks

    The qualification is a pass or refer and all the assessment criteria of the units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass.

  • How much does it cost?

    The full time programme is free. If you are over 19 years please speak to Admissions.

  • 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:

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.

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.

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Career Options

  • Nursery nurses and assistants

    Up to £16,000

  • Child and early years officers

    Up to £24,000


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