Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

Vocational • Level 3

Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

Vocational • Level 3

Type of LearningSchool Leaver

Course CodeA2445

Study ModeFull Time

Duration2 years


Location ByBurnley College

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About the course

The units studied over the two years balance the theory of child development with practical units such as Food and Mealtime, Play and Working with the Early Years’ Foundation Stage which will prepare students for employment or to progress to higher education. Students will learn about child development from conception to birth and how to support development until 5 years through observing behavior and planning activities to support progression.

Start Date/s

05/09/2022, 05/09/2022, 05/09/2022, 05/09/2022

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including English Language and Mathematics OR a relevant Level 2 Diploma with a Merit grade or above and a GCSE at grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics. This course is subject to a cleared enhanced DBS check.


You will study a range of units covering different aspects of Learning and Development. The topics you will learn about include: Child Development from Conception to Birth Children’s Health and Wellbeing Play and Learning Supporting Emergent Numeracy and Literacy International Perspectives Reflective Practice for Professional Development


The course is assessed through internally and externally assessed coursework over varied units. This will include case studies, information booklets, essays and discussion based exercises. You will also be assessed through 2 externally set and marked extended assessments. Your practical performance will also be assessed on a regular basis in each of your three early years’ settings. You will be required to carry out a work placement of at least 750 hours which Burnley College will organise.

Additional Details

Extra curricular activities

During Year 1 we hold an inspiration event where several guest speakers come visit College to talk about their careers. This gives students a wide appreciation of the different vocations within childcare. We conduct visits to a wide range of universities. Representatives from universities also come to college to support students when making choices about their futures in Higher Education. Disneyland Paris has been enjoyed by several of our learners, giving an insight in to how children learn and how development can be promoted in various ways. Students are also invited to Tanzania where they will gain vocation work experience in a unique cultural setting. Due to the international perspectives unit students will be offered the opportunity to see how children are cared for in different countries.

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