Early Years and Primary Education

Early Years and
Primary Education
BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA

This qualification is studied as an Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A-levels) and is ideal for anyone who is interested in working with children. An itegral aspect of this course will be that students attend a work experience placement for two days a week, culminating in over 800 hours of work experience hours and a licence to practice as a Level 3 Early Years Educator. Units include: Safeguarding Children, Activities for Children, Diet and Nutrition and The Psychology of Children’s Behaviour. As a placement is essential for this course, the Extended Diploma course is taken on it’s own – without any other options. As the course is one of the new generation of technical qualifications, the course includes and externally assessed unit.

Why study Childcare?
This course offers a practical and vocational route into fields
of childcare employment for both early years and Primary Education. Students are given access to a wide range of specialist equipment, including interactive babies, pregnancy simulator and model infants exposed to various lifestyle induced
disorders.

Progression
This course provides you with an opportunity to
enter into a wide variety of university courses at Honours or Foundation level. Areas of employment that would be possible from these studies include: Early Years Educator, Learning mentors, Primary School & Early Years teaching, Classroom Assistants, Children’s Nursing, Au Pair work or Youth work.

Entry requirements
To study at Cowley Sixth Form College, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent, graded 9 – 4, across four separate subjects, including GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

In addition, a positive College interview is required.

As this course is very specific and vocationally based, a desire
to work with children is a basic requirement. A DBS check will also need to be completed prior to starting placements.

Did you know…
This is the only course at Cowley which offers ‘Practitioner Status’
(Qualified Nursery Nurse/Early Years Educator Level 3).