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Technical Certificate in Childcare and Education

Level 3

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Key Info

Learning Area   Children, Schools & Families
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   2 Years
Course Code   10439-CAM-22,10263-STA-22

Dates & Locations

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Cornwall College Camborne
Start Date   12/09/2022

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Cornwall College St Austell
Start Date   12/09/2022

Do you enjoy being around children, have an interest in child development and are patient, caring, enthusiastic and enjoy being creative? But most of all do you have a sense of fun?

This one year course will allow you to gain practical experience in a childcare setting interacting with children and being part of a professional team whose main aim is to provide a caring and enabling environment. You will take part in a weekly work placement and attend college in order to complete the course.

You will take part in practical and theory lessons, in well- equipped classrooms that replicate the childcare settings. Our classrooms are well furnished with sector specific furniture and resources that allow you to explore the world of children in the early years setting. You will learn why children behave the way they do and the theory that supports their development and learning. You will also develop skills to carry out child observations using children who come into college or are in the workplace. An important aspect of being an Early Years Practitioner is learning your roles and responsibilities when with children, so we look at legislation, keeping children safe and working in partnership with others.

You will be taught by sector experienced tutors who are there to fully support you in your chosen career.

  What You Will Learn

This 1 year course will explain the role of the Early Years Practitioner when caring and educating children, it will give you a sound understanding of current curriculum and build on your skills to be an effective team member.

We will help you to develop your confidence in the workplace to enable you to communicate effectively and carry out your role. You will learn the art of time management and be an active part of the community through organising charity events or volunteering.

  Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including maths and English Evidence for a DBS application by enrolment Ability to go into work placement two days a week, every week for the duration of the course.

  Work Experience

Throughout your course you will need to spend two days a week in a childcare setting. This could be a Private Day Nursery, Nursery attached to a Primary School, Pre-School or Childminder. We help you to find your placement and a member of the team will visit you once per term to see how you are progressing and assess your skills.


You will be assessed throughout the year both with internal assignments and external assessments. You will also have assessments that you will need to complete in the workplace.


Once you have finished the level 3 certificate course you can progress on to the Top Up level 3 Diploma course which will give you UCAS points and Licence to Practice to enable you to work with children.

It could also open doors into a large variety of careers in the childcare sector such as Nanny, Childminder, Family Support Worker, play therapy, speech and language, Key Worker and many more. You could also progress onto a Foundation Degree or full BA Honours Degree.




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Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The College reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

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Studying at Cornwall College was an excellent experience. The staff at both campuses were outstanding and really went the extra mile to support the learning journey for all of us. The range of modules were excellent and up-to-date and highly relevant to my chosen profession.

After the course, I joined a SCITT programme and completed this alongside my PGCE to become a primary school teacher. I have now completed my NQT Induction year and am fully qualified. Since September 2017, I have been studying towards an MA Education as I want to develop professionally and academically.

I am a full-time teacher in a year 3/4 class in a primary school in North Cornwall and have a key focus in development strategies in Literacy. Working as a teacher is even more rewarding than I could have imagined, seeing those ‘lightbulb’ moments is such an amazing experience.

Completing my Degree with Cornwall College has provided opportunities and experiences that I could only have hoped for with another institution

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