Childcare and Education - Level 3 Certificate/Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Childcare

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Full-Time


This is the new nationally recognised Gold Standard qualification approved by the Department for Education and National College for Teaching and Learning that prepares you to become a practicing Early Years Educator with children from birth to 5 years and providing you with additional knowledge of working with children aged 5-7 years.

Your course will be delivered by highly experienced Early Years and Childcare staff and you will undertake workplacement and use our Little Acorns simulation nursery room.  

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018
Duration: Flexible
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This qualification is suitable for anyone aged 16 years and over who is kind, caring, compassionate and patient and who wishes to work with young children in settings such as a day nurseries, schools, playgroups and crèches. 

Qualification Gained

Cache Level 3 Award, Certificate Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)

"I found the understanding Children and Young person development module fascinating and rewarding."

Sonya Saad
Workplace Skills City & Guilds Children and Young People's Workforce Level 3 Diploma (QCF)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Youth Worker - £18,000-£20,000

Middle Level Role

Experienced Youth Worker - £25,000-£35,000

Senior Level Role

Youth Service Manager - £35,000-£45,000

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

Learners will study a range of units which must be completed in order to progress through the qualification at each stage.  The knowledge gained during these is essential for working with children in Early Years settings:

  • Award 
  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Children's health and wellbeing
  •  Certificate
  • Providing safe environments for children
  • Child health
  • Play and learning
  • Understanding children's additional needs
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Professional  Practice Portfolio 1
  • Diploma
  • Supporting emergent literacy
  • Supporting emergent mathematics
  • Preparing for school readiness
  • International Perspectives
  • Reflective practice for professional development
  • Professional partnerships in early years
  • Professional Practice Portfolio 2
  • work placement 2 days per week in a range of Early Years settings with children aged 0 - 5 years with some block weeks. For this you will need a compulsory DBS clearance. 

Maths and English form part of every programme of study for students who have yet to secure a GCSE grade C or above, in these subjects. This will enhance job and career opportunities, and where appropriate, progression to higher education.

Learning Methods

Staff will teach you in a variety of ways to meet your individual learning needs. This will include the following:

  • Classroom Based Activities
  • Practical Based Activities in Little Acorns Simulation Room
  • Work Placement in a variety of settings.

Assessment Methods

You will be continually assessed during your studies using the following methods:

  • Written Assignments
  • Presentations
  • Direct Work Placement Observations
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Reflective Accounts
  • Witness Statements
  • Certificate - 1 externally marked effective practice study task
  • Diploma - 1 externally marked effective practice study task and 1 extended assessment task

Progression Opportunities

Personal tutors will support your progression into employment or higher education throughout your studies.

Successful completion of the Diploma course allows you to progress to higher level qualifications such as Primary Teaching, Foundation Degree in Children and Young People, Social Work, Health Visiting and Paediatric Nursing. 

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of the Diploma, you will have acquired the gold standard Early Years Educator license to practice and can gain employment as an Early Years Educator in settings such as day nurseries, nursery schools, schools, playgroups, crèches, home based nannies and holiday clubs both in the UK and overseas. 

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE's grades A-C including English Language and Maths
  • DBS Clearance


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

£55:00 course costs towards placement t-shirts, core text book and off campus activities plus students who undertake GCSE English or Maths will be required to purchase a revision guide and workbook (£5.00), and those undertaking Maths will also be required to purchase a scientific calculator (about £7.00).

These can be purchased from the college or from any good stationers.

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.