Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This course is ideal for School Leavers who want to pursue a career working with, or educating, children. The course provides a route into university or higher education.

The Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) enables learners to gain the knowledge and experience which will allow you to work with children from birth to 5 years.

This programme will prepare you to work with young children and their families in a variety of settings and environments within the Early Years sector.

Upon achievement of the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education it is intended that learners will be able to access higher education or enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

This course is deemed a full and relevant qualification by the National College of Teaching and Leadership.

Start as a college student, finish as a graduate

After successfully completing this course you also benefit from the chance to stay with us at University Centre Farnborough. This gives you a path to graduating with a degree or higher education course without the costs of moving away, all while studying in a familiar and supportive environment.

Higher education courses you may be interested in studying with us after your School Leavers course:

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

What modules are covered?

• Child development from conception to seven years

• Play and learning.

• Physical care, development and health.

• Health and safety in Early Years settings.

• Working with parents and others.

• Supporting children’s personal social and emotional development.

• Observation, assessment and planning

• Safeguarding in Early Years

• Supporting children’s speech, communication and language.

• Supporting literacy and numeracy.

• Reflective practice.

• Early Years Foundation stage

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through unit assignments and two externally set assignments. Students also have to pass the Personal Evidence Portfolio relating to their placement experience.

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What Next?

Careers in nurseries, schools, private homes or possible entry into Higher Education courses such as the Foundation Degree in Early Years delivered at the University Centre Farnborough.

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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

From School

  • Five GCSEs at grades 9-4
  • To include English and maths GCSEs at 9-4

From College

  • Relevant level 2 qualification at merit grade or higher
  • English and/or maths at level 2 or higher
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We do a placement two days a week and do theory the other three which is good because it breaks the course up and gives us experience.

I’m doing my placement at Cherrywood Community Childcare which is a nursery but I’ve also been to schools and preschools as part of the course. The placements are good and you get hands-on experience.

We get to pick our own research project to do where we choose our own topic. I chose Music and looked into how it affects children’s behaviour. The course can be challenging at times but you always get the help that you need.


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