Course Info

  • childcare
  • teaching

Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 Year (with option to progress to the second year Diploma)

  • Awarding/validation body:



Course Overview

This Early Years’ Educator course at Croydon College combines practical work experience with the academic study of child development.

You will have the chance to experience a multidisciplinary course and cover a range of topics from international perspectives on child development, child health, safeguarding and preparing children for school learning.

This course encourages the aspiring practitioner to be able to plan and meet the needs of children from a diverse range of backgrounds, by linking theory to practical work experience gained throughout the course.

If you’re offered the opportunity of employment whilst enrolled on this course you may be eligible to transfer onto our Level 3 apprenticeship programme so you can continue learning while you start to earn in your new job role.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course Highlights

During this course you will have the chance to spend two days per week in work experience in four different childcare settings including a primary school, nursery and a baby placement.

You will be supported by qualified work placement assessors who will help you to progress and develop your practical skills.

You will have the opportunity to carry out a longitudinal study on an area of child development gaining valuable knowledge and skills in the process.

You will also have the opportunity to attend a variety of interesting and relevant seminars, trips, visits and guest speeches to give you a wider understanding of the course.

You will be taught by industry experienced teachers who have a range of childcare based backgrounds and expertise which they will pass on to you to give you a greater understanding of what it is like to work in the childcare sector.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

This course carries EYE status and so confers a licence to practise. This academic pathway also carries 420 UCAS points and so provides an excellent route to studying the following subjects at university:

  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
  • BA (Hons) Primary Education (QTS)
  • BA (Hons) Education
  • BA (Hons) Social Work

At Croydon College you will benefit from close links with University Centre Croydon providing excellent progression opportunities to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, awarded by the University of Sussex.

Students who complete the Level 3 will also be qualified at supervisory level to work in settings including children’s centres and usually obtain employment in the following roles:

  • Family support worker
  • Early years practitioner
  • Nursery supervisor
  • Health visitor
  • Peripatetic work

Students who complete this course and progress to higher education often go on to obtain the following roles:

  • Primary or nursery school teachers
  • Music, play or art therapist
  • Social worker
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Nursery manager


The course is assessed through a mixture of assessment methods:

  • 20% of your course is assessed through externally set pieces of work comprising of 1 exam and 2 extended essays of 5,000 words each.
  • 40% of your work will be assessed on your practical competencies in different childcare settings.
  • 40% of your work will be assessed through tutor marked essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and seminar discussions.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade C or higher, one being English or maths or a related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a Pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results can also be considered).

Four GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C, one being English or Mathematics.

A related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results may also be considered).

English and Mathematics assessed at Level 1 or above by College assessment.

Applicants will need to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check before starting this course.

A satisfactory reference may also be requested.

If you are interested in this apprenticeship you can apply on our website by clicking here via the Apprenticeship Vacancies page.

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.