University College Birmingham Early Years

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University College Birmingham Early Years

Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) Level 3 Diploma

Course length
1 year full-time (Certificate) 1 year full-time (Diploma)


There is strong demand for caring, skilled individuals to work with young children in a variety of settings, from playgroups and nurseries to schools.

The course is suitable for those wanting to work with children from birth to five years old. It will provide you with a licence to practice and the status of Early Years Educator.

Completing our Level 3 Diploma will show you have been trained to the highest standards and are equipped with the best early years training available.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will learn about childcare and education including supporting young children and keeping them safe
  • You will help children to develop through learning activities and play
  • You will complete 350 placement hours, supported by a professional in a real work environment
  • There are great opportunities to enter the workforce – or progress to higher level qualifications
  • You will be qualified to take on a wide variety of roles – at home and abroad
  • Many of the roles have family-friendly working hours
  • You will become an Early Years Educator

Why maths and English are so important to your career

Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade C in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.


Mathematics is very important in all aspects of the Early Years Education sector industry.

  • For young children, the learning basic numbers and their differences is a key foundation block in their learning and central to the National Curriculum.
  • In a nursery, the ability to calculate parent payments in very important.


  • Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key when working with children and parents
  • Good quality Speaking and Listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues, children and parents
  • The National Curriculum requires that children develop good English skills in speaking and written communication
  • Accurate reading is a vital skill when using medical documents as well as when following Health and Safety guidelines
  • Secure English is important when preparing a CV

Entry requirements

Please note the entry requirements below reflect the new GCSE grading structure for 2017 entry.

You will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including maths and English language, or at least 2 years’ relevant work experience.

School applicants will need to have a good school report and references.

This course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). Information about the DBS check and how to apply for it will be sent to you by our placement team.


You will need to buy a uniform to wear during your placement. If you have any concerns with the cost of the uniform please discuss this with us before joining the course as we may be able to help meet some of the expense.