Technical Certificate and Diploma in Early Years Education // Level 3
What does the qualification cover?
The Level 3 Technical Certificate in Childcare and Education and then on to the Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator). The Diploma enables learners to gain the knowledge and experience which will allow them to work with children from birth to 7 years.
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.
UCAS confirm maximum allocation of 420 points at A* to the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (EYE). The full details of the points allocation to the Award / Level 3 Certificate / Diploma can be found in the UCAS points related document.
Who are they suitable for?
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.
You should be at least 16 years old and have 5 GCSE’s at Grade C (5) or above. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.
Early Years Educator: GSCE English and Maths requirement.
All learners who achieve an Early Years Educator qualification will need GCSE English and maths A*-C to count in the ratios at level 3 in childcare settings. While there is no requirement for learners to have achieved GCSE English and maths or functional skills level 2 upon commencement or completion of a standalone Early Years Educator qualification, providers are expected to support learners who need to achieve English and maths GCSEs at grade C or abovealongside thequalification in order to gain employment.
Education Funding Agency-funded learners Learners aged 16-19 (and learners aged 19-24 with learning difficulties and/or disabilities) funded by the Education Funding Agency will not require GCSE English and maths grade A* - C prior to commencing their Early Years Educator qualification. However, the Department for Education expect learners without English and/or maths GCSE at grade C to be offered and encouraged to take up GCSEs as part of their Study Programme. From 2016/17 learners will need to have completed or be studying GCSE English and maths to have their study programme funded.
Assessment opportunities for all the externally set and marked assessments for the Certificate and Diploma will be limited to one attempt and one further reattempt opportunity to undertake an alternative assessment and controlled assessment.
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