Level 3 Diploma Early Years Workforce

Start date(s):
1 Sep 2020
2 years
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Campus, Work Based
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £1441 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course offers an excellent introduction to the main themes relevant to the early years industry.

You will learn how to support a healthy lifestyle through food, nutrition, and exercise. You will understand and apply legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children. You will also plan, lead and review activities which support children’s learning and development.
T Levels Welcome


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You will be given aims structured around the following four themes:
  1. Health and well-being
  2. Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  3. Play, development and learning for school readiness
  4. Professional development


  • Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
  • Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
  • Support physical care routines for children
  • Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
  • Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children
  • Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
  • Working in partnership
  • Understand the value of play in early years
  • Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development
  • Promote enabling play environments
  • Developing children’s emergent literacy skills
  • Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills
  • Support children’s transition to school
  • Develop children’s cognitive skills
  • Promote children’s speech, language and communication
  • Promoting children’s physical development
  • Promoting Children’s personal, social and emotional development
  • Support children with additional needs
  • Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children
  • Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs.


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will complete numerous assessments and a work placement. You will develop your maths and English alongside the course.

A Personal Learning Coach and Learning Support Assistant will be assigned to each student to provide support throughout the course.

Maths and English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, do not worry, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will have the opportunity to re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills. These qualifications will help you enhance your maths and English skills and can be taken at levels between Entry Level 1 up to and including Level 2. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.

Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.


You will complete 350 hours of work placement over the two years. This can be at a private nursery or a primary school. All students on the programme will require a clear DBS check.

A work placement will provide you with experience of working in the industry and in a real life setting.

You could progress to a relevant degree programme at New College Durham or university.

Alternatively, you could gain employment in a variety of job roles in the industry.

What else?


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend a one-to-one interview. You must submit two references and a clear DBS.
Further Education

Getting ready for your college interview

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Entry Criteria

  • A range of 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9, one of these must be Maths or English Language
  • A clear DBS is an essential requirement for work placement
  • Please purchase a uniform before you start in September.