Your courses:

Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Early Years & Childcare

This qualification prepares you to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.
You will study a range of units that you will be assessed on throughout the year through formative assessments. You will then need to complete and achieve a synoptic assignment, an exam and produce a portfolio of evidence collating from your work placements and from college, all of which must be achieved to progress into year 2.

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English and Maths and/or a level 2 related qualification and English and maths at Grade 4 or above

Fees information

The course fees are listed in the course information box below. You could be entitled to have your fees waived if you are aged 19-23 and do not have a full level 3 qualification or you are aged 24+ and unemployed. Please contact Students Services at Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1DY. Tel 01793 491591 or e-mail for details. For 19+ Students you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to help with the cost of the course. Please click here for more information

What do I need to bring?

Notepad and pen, folder

Assessment/Exam information

To succesfully achieve this qualification you are required to complete and achieve synoptic assignments, exams and produce a portfolio of evidence.
During your course you will assessed on a regular basis through formative assessments.
You will also be assessed in the workplace by our work placement co-ordinators.
Attendnace in placement is a mandatory part of the course.

Other information

You will be required to purchase a uniform to wear in the workplace and complete a DBS (Police Check). You will not be allowed to start work placement unitl your DBS has been processed and returned (clear)

What can I do next?

On successful completion of this two year programme you may consider continuing your studies with us in higher education and/or apply to university or enter employment

Qualification description

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator)

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
36 weeks 03 Sep 2018 25 Jun 2021 Tuition fee: £2,602.00
Award body exam fee: £280.00
16-18 do not pay Tuition, Exams or Materials Fees
UCAS/UKPASS Code: Not Applicable
Study type: Full Time
Hours per week: 30.00
Study days: 5 DAYS

Any extra costs

Students aged 19+ will pay tuition fees, plus exam, registration and material costs.

There may be some supplementary costs for equipment, books, course trips and visits.

Financial assistance may be available to cover these costs, please ask a member of staff in our Student Finance office or call 01793 491591 for more information.

Please be aware course fees are subject to change and may vary due to cost increase from suppliers and number of enrolments.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this course, please click on the 'Apply now' button at the bottom of this page.
Alternatively, you can contact Student Services at:
Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1DY.
Tel. 01793 491591 or email