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Early Years Workforce (Level 3 Diploma)

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Course Overview

Entry requirements

To enrol on this course you need to be employed either full-time, part-time or on a voluntary basis. If you work part-time or volunteer then a minimum of 12 hours per week is required in the workplace. You must also provide proof of employment orplacement by providing us with a letter from your employer stating that they are prepared to support you through this qualification and that they give us permission to assess you carrying out your normal duties. You will also need to provide a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check (formerly CRB).

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You will work towards achieving core and optional units. All of these add to the required content for your award. Your selection of optional units will depend on a discussion between you and an assessor about the duties within your role.

You need to complete 11 core units (27 credits), 5 units from your chosen pathway (22 credits) plus optional units to make your total award up to a minimum of 65 credits.

Some of the mandatory units you can expect to study are:
  • communication
  • health and saftey
  • promoting equality and inclusion
  • having a duty of care

Due to the nature of this qualification, studying is more focused on your knowledge and skills. Tutors and assessors will provide information on the unit subject and you will then provide evidence of your knowledge (via professional discussion, written work, question and answers and other means of assessment).

The Early Years Workforce Level 3 Diploma is a part-time course which enables you to develop specialist knowledge in the childcare sector. The course provides a practical work-based qualification for staff already employed or volunteering in a childcare setting. To complete this course successfully, assessors must be able to observe you working closely with children, carrying out observations, writing reports and developing plans. You must have permission from your employer for this to take place in your work setting.

  • Assessment Criteria

    You will build a portfolio of evidence with the assistance of an assessor. You also have to be observed in practice by your assessor and marked off against a list of standards to prove your competency. You are expected to complete the award in one academic year.

Further Information

Successful students could progress in their current role with a promotion in the workplace, or onto Degree study in Early Years.

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