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Level 3 Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)

This programme prepares you for work in an early years setting

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We have 3 sessions available for this course running in Downpatrick, Lisburn, Newtownards

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Title Campus Type Week Starting Places Available Fee
Level 3 Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
20+ £0.00 Apply Now
Level 3 Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
20+ £0.00 Apply Now
Level 3 Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
20+ £0.00 Apply Now

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Course Overview
This qualification is designed to build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age.
To achieve this qualification learners need to complete all mandatory units, plus  optional units. to ensure credits for Diploma fulfilled
Modules may include:
  • Introduction to working with children
  • Development from conception to age 16
  • Supporting Children
  • Keeping Children safe
  • Principles underpinning the role of the practitioner working with children
  • Promoting healthy living for children
  • Play & learning in children's education
  • Caring for children
  • Development of professional skills within children's education
  •  Optional units may include :
  • Research into childcare, education & development
  • care of sick children
  • Nutrition and healthy food for children
  • Child family and outside world
  • working with children with special needs
  • Developing children - 3-8 years numeracy skills
  • developing children - 3-8 years communication, language & literacy skills
  • International approaches towards children's education
  • working with babies from birth to 12 months
  • Multi-agency working with children
  • Children, parent and family needs
  • Supporting Children with English as an additional language

It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in children’s settings including early years.


Part time Option:

The course covers units that will enable students to work unsupervised with children up to the age of 16 in various settings.
The course consists of mandatory units which are complimented by optional units.
This qualification is based on the Skills for Care & Development National Occupational Standards (NOS).  The NOS assessment requirements/strategy and qualification structure(s) are owned by Skills for Care & Development and a minimum credit value of 65 credits.  Covers the age range from birth to 19years old.  Requires the learner to spend a minimum of 350  hours in a real work environment.  And is suitable for different types of learners, including those in full time formal learning, those in part time formal learning and those in full time employment.



Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?
 After completing Diploma you could work as: 
•  Early Years/Foundation Stage Practitioner
•  Special Educational Needs Support Worker
•  Nanny/Home-based Child Carer
•  Children’s Centre Practitioner

The following points are available for this qualification: 120 to 360 points

Access NI clearance will need to be processed for each student at a cost of £33

Entry Requirements
You must possess at least one of the following:

• 4 GCSE passes at grade C or above plus English at GCSE level C or equivalent
• BTEC first diploma at merit or above plus GCSE English at C and above or equivalent

You should be aware that to progress to initial teacher training, GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English, Mathematics and Science is required.


What do I Need (If applying for part time option)

Learners are expected to possess good communication skills.
Learners should be literate and numerate and demonstrate an ability to work as part of a team.
A work placement is required.  Same entry requirements as per full time course


Please apply your interest online where you will be invited in to the Open day to have a short interview with the tutor to see if you are eligible for this course.  If you need any further details please contact Lisa Lennon, School Support Officer at llennon@serc.ac.uk

Where will it take me?
This will lead on to the next level of the course which is the: Extended diploma or employment and after that the Level 4 & 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF) or a degree.  There is opportunity to progress into further study within the early years sector
How will it make me more employable?
The majority of students have entered directly into employment through this course.

They have gained a wide range of practical experience during their work placements.


Part time option:

This is an advanced course in child care and allows the learner to work unsupervised in the early years sector.
This EDEXCEL Level 3 Diploma for Children's Care Learning & Development (QCF) has been approved as a component required for the Children's Care Learning & Development Apprenticeship framework in Wales and Northern Ireland.


How will I be assessed and given feedback?

It will be assessed by a tutor/or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by the awarding body.


Part time Option:

Assessment is by observation of the learner on the job, by portfolio monitoring and by both oral and written questioning.  There is no examination at the end of this course.


Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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