Diploma for Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Level 3

Part Time

The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children up to 7 years.

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that with this license to practice, learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

The guided learning hours for this 1 year course are a minimum of 486, and learners must gain 61 credits in order to pass. To do this they must achieve 23 mandatory units.  Evidence for these units will be provided in the form of a portfolio of your work, and through competence based assessment carried out in your workplace by a qualified assessor who will offer you support and guidance. There is no exam.  You will be required to attend one teaching session in college per week for 30 weeks to gain the knowledge and understanding needed to complete your portfolio.

‘It has been confirmed that the funding rule requiring learners to have GCSE English and maths grade C or above before enrolling on a standalone Early Years Educator qualification has been removed for standalone EYE qualifications (all ages): GCSE not required on entry or completion. It should be noted however that GCSE English and maths A*-C (or accepted equivalent) is required to count in the staff to child ratios at level 3 in childcare settings. Learners who achieve an EYE qualification but do not have GCSE in English and maths at Grade C or above (or accepted equivalent) can count in the staff to child ratios at level 2.’

You will need 350 placement hours across 3 age ranges, and will need the support of a professional within that real work environment.  This is approximately 12 hours per week.


Age 24 or over– Fees are £2,882 course fee and £120 registration fee.

 You are able to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan and can finance the £2,882 course fee from this loan.

Loans will need to be repaid but repayments will not start until you earn more than £25,725 per year.  Loans are not income dependant and there are no credit checks. For more information you can visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans.  You will pay the £120 registration fee yourself.  You will be also asked to pay £5 for the course standards and a photocopying fee of £5 to cover the handouts that the tutor will provide.

Under 24-The Skills Funding Agency guidelines state that depending on your previous qualifications you may be entitled to have your fees waived on this course.  If you do not qualify for this level 3 entitlement then you can apply for a loan in the same way as someone who is over 24.  See above. All students will pay the £120 Registration fee, £5 for the course standards and a £5 photocopying fee to cover the hand-outs that the tutor will provide. 

Where to go when you get here

When you arrive for your first class please come to the main College Reception where our staff will be able to direct you to your room.


Please park in Whites Road, SO19 7NS. If you do need to park outside we thank you for your courtesy to our neighbours.  To park on-site if you are attending a daytime course you will need to apply for a permit from Student Services.


Refreshments are available from the college centre.  

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