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Childcare BTEC Level 3
Study Mode
Full Time 
Workbased Assessment and Coursework 
Course Code:
Entry Requirements
5 GCSEs at A*-C or acceptable alternatives. Must include English Language, Maths and a DBS check.

Childcare BTEC Level 3

This course is designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and practical skills needed for employment in early years settings. It is ideal for learners who would like to work with children and their families in a variety of different early years settings; for example day care, nursery, out of school care and schools.

About the Course

The course prepares you directly for employment working with children as it awards learners with a licence to practice within the Early Years sector and leads to the achievement of Early Years Educator status. This licence is needed for working in a variety of settings. This is the recommended level of qualification required to undertake such roles as working with children under 8 as a Keyworker or Nursery Assistant in an Early Years Foundation Stage setting or as a Teaching Assistant in a Reception class in Primary school. 

This course provides you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to pursue a career within the Early Years sector and will provide you with a good foundation for many degree courses. You will learn about child development, play, physical care needs and health and safety as well as developing study skills, self-confidence and communication skills through group work, role plays, presentations and work experience.

Key Units

The Level 3 National Extended Diploma is made up of a number of units of study, these include:

Child Development, Play and Learning, Meeting Children's Physical Development, Physical Care and Health Needs, Health and Safety in Early Years Settings, Working With Parents and Others in Early Years, Supporting Children's Speech, Communication and Language, Supporting Children's Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Safeguarding in Early Years, Observation, Assessment and Planning, Supporting Children's Literacy and Numeracy Development, Reflective Practice and The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Working With Children Who Have Additional Needs, Supporting Children's Imaginative Play, Cooking Activities With Children, Supporting Children's Creativity, Promoting Children's Development Outdoors

Course Enrichment -
Course enrichment activities include trips, visits, residential courses and presentations by guest speakers. Child Care professionals come in to college to work with you on practical assessments and activities. You also have the opportunity to study for additional awards such as emergency first aid at work.

The cost of any trips and visits are kept to a minimum. You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of trips, visits, DBS check and anything else you need to buy for your course.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C or acceptable alternatives. Must include English Language, Maths and a DBS check.


This course is assessed by mainly coursework and some external exams. Assessment methods include written assignments, worksheets, role plays, examinations, practical assessments, observations, photographic records and workbooks.

Where does this Lead

On successful completion learners’ may seek employment as a qualified member of an Early Years team with Early Years Educator status. Employment opportunities could include Nursery Keyworker, Teaching Assistant, Pre-school Supervisor, Family Support worker, SENCO or Nursery Teacher. Alternatively you could take on a more specialist role following study on our Foundation Degree or a full degree programme at University.

Tell Me More

Staff and Facilities:

At the Sheffield College you will learn from highly qualified staff with a range of academic and child care work related backgrounds. Students also benefit from our strong partnerships with local child care employers. The Sheffield College has excellent facilities for child care students, which include well equipped learning areas, a creative practice room, a fully operational kitchen and a simulated nursery room.

Work Experience:

Work experience is an invaluable part of your study programme and will help to guarantee that you are fully prepared for the working environment on completion of your studies. Many, if not all of employers and Higher Education providers will expect that learners have successfully completed work experience in a vocationally related area, in order to be offered employment or progression on to a higher level course of study.  

A work experience placement of two days a week, every week plus block weeks is a compulsory part of this your course and also forms part of many course assessments within your college study programme. We will discuss your placement with you and take into account where you live and what career you would like to do in the future. Students usually work in settings such as nurseries and schools.

Will the course suit me?

This course is ideal motivated, enthusiastic people interested in a career working with children or who wish to progress on to university. It is also ideally suited for students aiming to go on to Higher Education to gain a degree for careers such as primary teaching or social work.

Extra Costs

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required for students going on work placements and will be carried out at the start of the course. Students will need to pay for this and the cost is approximately £52.00.