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Early Years and Childcare

Early Years Educator - Level 3 Cache Diploma

Part Time

Course Overview

This course is completed over 24 months and learners are expected to complete both knowledge and competency elements. 

You will be supported by an experienced assessor, gathering work-based evidence using an e-portfolio.

Course Content

There are 23 mandatory units to be completed using a variety of assessment methods which includes a longitudinal study, which is an observational study over a period of time.

Entry Requirement

You should also have successfully completed a relevant Level 2 qualification in childcare and be employed in the sector with a DBS clearance check. A good standard of English and Maths will be required which will be tested using an initial assessment method.


This diploma is delivered in the workplace using a variety of assessment methods collected throughout the course and include: workplace observations, witness testimonies, professional discussion, oral and written questions and work product evidence.

Where does this course lead to

You can progress to a Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner.

How to Enrol

To find out more information or to enrol please email workbasedlearning@bcot.ac.uk quoting the course reference.

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Course Outline

Course Code: MXEL305
Study Mode: Part Time
Duration: 2 Years
Start Date: Anytime
Day & Time: Flexible
Tuition Fees: TBC (previously £2753.00)
Registration Fees: £129.00
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