Early Years Workforce

Level 3 Diploma

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Availability & Details

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (Havant) HP-EYWE3D-D(0000)000

Havant Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 year)

Examination board


The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) is a widely recognised qualification in the education and care sector. The qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5-7 years.

 We welcome applications from learners who have achieved a Level 2 qualification in early years, supporting teaching and learning or equivalent and are already working or looking to work in the early years area of the education and care sector. The learner must have a placement in an early years setting (pre-school, nursery, Yr. R of an infant/ primary school, childminders, Montessori), this can be of a voluntary nature or employed and must be between 12-15 hours per week.

To gain a place on this course you must have a placement in an early years setting as you need to show competence in both skills and knowledge.

You should have completed a Level 2 qualification in either Children and Young Peoples Workforce, Early Years Education and Care or Supporting Teaching and Learning.

You should hold passes in GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths, or be willing to work towards achieving these qualifications.

Attend an interview with the course lead and complete a timed written task- based on your pre-existing knowledge of working in an early years setting or what you believe working in early years settings might entail.

There are three themes which are covered over the course of the academic year. The themes explore, health and well being, legislation, framework and professional practice and play, development and learning for school rediness. Within the three themes there are 23 mandatory units which are to be completed in a variety of methods.

You will be expected to attend class every other week on a Wednesday, where you will recieve the teaching and learning support required for this course. It is then expected for you to be self motivated to complete assignment tasks outside of class.

Your classes are held in the Adult Learning Centre on the Havant Campus, where classrooms have been specifically designed with our Adult Learners in mind. There is also an Adult Learning Lounge where you can take your coffee and lunch breaks away from the busy Eat Central.

You will be assessed in a variety of methods, these include written assignments, stimulated role plays, group work activities, presentation and in placement observations.

There is a cost to complete this qualification, which has yet to be confirmed. Please refer to Advanced Learning Loan information or contact a member of our admissions team to learn more.

Employment progression: By completing this qualification, you will have gained suitable knowledge as well as practical experience to confidently apply for employment in the early years education and care sector.
Learning progression: By successfully completing this qualification you will be able to progress onto higher education qualifications or alternatively Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner qualification.

Your teacher and placement assessor are experienced in the education and care sector, having developed a successful Ofsted registered childminding business, worked as teaching assistant and learning support assistant. Your class teacher is also experienced in working and supporting individuals with challenging behaviour and special educational needs and disabilities.

College has been the best two years of my education. All my teachers were great and amazing, and I think they were the most helpful they could have been.

Megan Capaldi-Tallon, A Level student

My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student

You’re here to learn and you want to learn, and the lecturers make it fun. You don’t have to come to college but you want to come to college.

Natalie Thorpe, A Level student