Childcare and Teacher Training

Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September and will take two years to complete.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grades 4 or above including GCSE English and maths.


Level 2 Early Years Practitioner plus GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or equivalent Level 2 qualification.

You will achieve

Level 3 Technical Award/Certificate/Diploma in Childcare & Education

Course overview

These qualifications are suitable for a range of learners either working or wishing to work in early years education and care. The Diploma is also suitable for those wishing to progress to higher education.

Course content

In order to achieve the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) you must complete 15 mandatory units, including all the criteria you must know about which is contained within the delivery guidance.  You must also complete an Effective Practice Study and Extended Assessment (externally set, externally marked).

  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Children’s health and well-being
  • Providing safe environments for children
  • Child health
  • Play and learning
  • Children’s additional needs
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Emergent literacy
  • Emergent mathematics
  • Preparing for school readiness
  • International perspectives on childcare and education
  • Reflective practice for professional development
  • Professional partnerships in early years
  • Competence-based Professional Practice Portfolio covering the above areas.


Modules are assessed by national assignments which are all externally moderated. In addition, practical skills and competency will be assessed within the placements.

  • Current DBS enhanced disclosure certificate (currently £47.80)
  • Text books recommended by your tutor
  • Willingness to travel to your placements (this may on occasion involve two bus journeys)
  • Stationery
  • A college Polo shirt will be required as uniform for work placement

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

The high level of skills required to achieve this qualification enables you to progress to Higher Education within early year’s childcare and education sector or a different field of study, this qualification allows you to gain up to 168 UCAS points.

This qualification also gives you a licence to practise which will enable you to progress into various unsupervised job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as (this list is not exhaustive).

  • Early Years Educator
  • Practitioner in day nurseries
  • Practitioner in nursery schools
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • Pre-school worker
  • Home-based Childcarer
  • Nanny

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) Level 3 Full-time

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