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    Childcare and Education (Technical Diploma)

    Childcare and Education (Technical Diploma) | Level 3 | P12095

    Study options

    How to study

    Full Time



    2 Years



    Burton Town Centre Campus

    • Course overview

      This course is suitable if you wish to gain employment in the early years sector or to progress onto higher education degrees in order to become a primary school teacher, social worker or other relevant professional roles.

      You will gain the underpinning theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to work successfully with children aged from birth to 5 years, with parents and a range of professionals. As well as completing 14 units of academic studies within the college, you will also attend four placements over the two year period in order to build on your professional skills when working with children of different ages. During this time, you will carry out duties that will support the learning and development of the children, as well as provide a stimulating and safe environment for them. You will have the opportunity to observe and mirror the excellent practice of a range of early years professionals, preparing you for future employment.

      During your course, you will have access to a simulated nursery environment where you will be able to gain practical skills, including setting up activities using the resources available, undertaking observations on peers and ensuring areas are safe for the children to access to promote all areas of learning and development.

      All tutors have detailed subject knowledge and real life industry experience.

    • Fees and Costs

      Educational entitlements or fee concessions are solely based on the individual programme and nationally set eligibility criteria. To see if you qualify for fee concessions then please visit the 'what will I pay' section of our website. You may be surprised what you are entitled to!

      Age: 16-18


      Examination & Registration


      Payment methods

      • Payment in Full (Credit Card / Debit Cards / Cash) accepted
      • Employer Sponsored accepted
      • Direct Debit Instalments accepted
      • Advanced Learning Loan accepted
      • Student Finance English Loan (HE) not accepted

      For International Learners

      Email us:

      Call us: 01283 494757 or 01283 494472

      Visit us: Chat to the Financial Support Team in the Learner Hub
      Just drop-in, Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


      Further Education Programme Only: The College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including but not limited to; content, dates, times, venues, tutor, fees payable, concessions available, terms or conditions.

    • Entry requirements

      Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 including either English or maths
      (or) A level 2 subject specific qualification including a level 2 or equivalent in either English or maths
      (or) An equivalent occupational experience including a level 2 or equivalent in either English or maths

    • What modules will I study?
      • Assessment and Planning
      • Child Development from Conception to 7 years
      • Child Health
      • Children’s Health and Wellbeing
      • Observation
      • Play and Learning
      • Providing a Safe Environment for Children
      • Understanding Children’s Additional Needs
    • How will I be assessed?

      Over the period of the 2 years, you will complete 14 mandatory units. These will be internally assessed and there will also be one external assessment per year. You will be graded from A* to D for all units. There are UCAS points attached to this course and can be checked on the UCAS website.

    • What can I do next?

      This course provides direct progression onto higher education to study degree courses relating to becoming a: 

      • Primary school teacher
      • Social Work
      • Other professional roles

      On successful completion of your course, you will gain Early Years Educator Status which will allow you to work as a:

      • Teaching assistant
      • Supervisor in a nursery
      • Nanny
      • Childminder

    • English & Maths

      Being confident with maths and English is not only important for everyday life but it’s expected as standard in the world of work. We’re committed to ensuring our learners have the full range of skills that universities and employers are looking for. If you haven’t yet achieved grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths and are aged between 16-18 years, you will continue to study these by undertaking a GCSE re-sit programme or appropriate stepping stone qualifications in addition to your vocational learning programme.

    • Work Experience

      We believe that the best way to get a real sense of your chosen industry is to try it out for yourself! That’s why all of our full time study programme courses include relevant industry work experience. It shows future employers you’ve got what it takes and are motivated to succeed. Not only does it look good on your CV, but it’s an opportunity to build up your confidence and industry contacts. Our Employment Hub works with over 500 local employers to ensure all students on full time study programmes have a high quality and meaningful work placement. So not only do you gain valuable work experience, it helps you decide on your future options, from choosing the right university course to finding the right employer. Work experience is a chance to you to spend time on an employer’s premises, observing the workplace, undertaking tasks (under supervision) alongside team members and learning the skills and behaviours needed at work. It’s designed to bridge the gap between your education and the world of work. It can help you to become aware of jobs you have not previously thought of, inform your career choices, develop your skills and help you gain the attitudes and behaviours expected at work. For more information on Work Experience, please contact our Employment Hub on 01283 494599 or email

    • DBS – Disclosure and Barring Service

      Due to the nature of this programme, it is assumed individuals will come into contact with children or vulnerable adults during their studies and within future employment. You will therefore be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check, known as a DBS. The DBS check will be completed during your programme enrolment and conducted under the strictest confidence. If the check comes back disclosing that criminal offences have been committed, the College will carry out a risk assessment to determine whether the offence disclosed may cause problems for you accessing the course and progressing into future employment. If this is the case, you will be advised about the implications and always offered advice and guidance. Not all offences are a risk, so the return of a DBS check may not impact on your choice. All DBS information is confidential and only those who need to know will be given the information.

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    Contact Details

    Contact Details

    Burton and South Derbyshire College
    Tel: 01283 494400

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    Burton Town Centre Campus, Lichfield Street, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE14 3RL

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