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Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) Level 3 Diploma

The Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma is a one year college/workplace-based course available for those who do not already have a Level 3 qualification in childcare. You will attend college one day per week and have paid or voluntary work in a suitable setting for a minimum of 10 hours per week. Successful completion of the course will give you Early Years Educator (EYE) status, allowing you to work unsupervised with children under 5.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

You will study a broad range of subjects within the early years environment including Child Development, Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity, supporting children with additional needs and Speech and Language.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have a GCSE grade C/4 in English and maths or Functional Skills at Level 2. You will also be required to have a clear DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service).

What qualifications will I gain?

Successful completion of the study programme will see you achieve Early Years Educator status. This nationally recognised status will allow you to work unsupervised with children, in an Early Years setting. You will also gain a Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner.

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

You will undertake a range of theory and practical based modules. There will be an emphasis on work based assessment, this will enable you to put the theory you learn into practice when working alongside children (0-7).

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using a wide range of methods, there is no external assessment (exam) for this course.

What can I do after this course?

Once you have successfully completed your Level 3 course you could progress into sector employment or Higher Education; Foundation Degree Supporting Teaching and Learning, Early Childhood Studies or Primary Education (teaching).

How much does this course cost?

This Level 3 Diploma in Childcare costs £2882.

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

Which department is this course in?

DHSL (Department of Hospitality, Spa Industries and Landbased)

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus or the Reception in the Cam Building at Somer Valley Campus, depending upon where you have chosen to do this course.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring a notepad and pen.


The College Shop (located at our City Centre Campus) offers a wide selection of stationary, course equipment and starter kits to suit your study needs.

What else do I need to know?

In order to meet the demands of the practical element of the study programme, learners must engage in a placement or be working (either paid or unpaid) with children across the age range (0-7) across different types of provision within the Early Years sector.


To avoid disappointment, please make sure you apply for your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check here for term dates.

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext. 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

If you are not sure which course would be right for you, we offer FREE Careers Advice to any person aged 19 or over. Our advisers can help you search for a suitable course or other learning and training opportunities.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: Download the Part-time Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses.


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