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Childcare Advanced (Level 3)

Child Care Bedford College


Childcare Advanced (Level 3)

This Level 3 study programme will prepare you for becoming an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 0-7 years. This qualification will prepare you for working unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity with children and their families in a variety of early year’s settings within the childcare sector. The study programme will also award you a maximum of 420 UCAS points to enable you to progress on to higher education. The learning experience will be reflective of the current structure and expectations of the childcare sector and you will have the opportunity to put theory into practice by preparing and carrying out relevant activities in quality childcare placements covering ages 0-5 years.

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Available Courses
Tresham College Corby campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: This course could be funded, for more information call us on 0345 658 8990 or use the Livechat below.
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: This course could be funded, for more information call us on 0345 658 8990 or use the Livechat below.
Cbc Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 35 weeks
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Course Information

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need…

4 GCSEs grades 9- 4 OR similar qualification at Level 2

Entry will also be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to demonstrate an ability to work in an early year’s placement.
Course content

During this study programme you will learn about child development, child observation, safeguarding, theories and philosophical approaches to how children play and learning for school readiness.

Theme 1: Health and Wellbeing
Theme 2: Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice
Theme 3: Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness
Theme 4: Professional Development

Subject units:

  • Child Development from Conception to Seven Years
  • Children’s Health and Wellbeing
  • Providing Safe Environments for Children
  • Child Health
  • Play and Learning
  • Understanding Children’s Additional Needs
  • Observation, Assessment and Planning
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • Supporting Emergent Literacy
  • Supporting Emergent Mathematics
  • Preparing for School Readiness
  • International Perspectives
  • Reflective Practice for Professional Development
  • Professional Partnerships in Early Years

English and maths:
If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.

Work experience:
During the programme you will spend two days per week in a childcare placement.

Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 

Additional vocational learning and qualifications:

You will take part in various team building activities and have an opportunity to take part in educational trips and fundraising activities for a trip to Africa.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a variety of methods throughout the study programme, including assignments, direct observation and two externally marked assignments.


You will gain:

  • Early Years Practitioner NCFE/CACHE Level 3  Technical Diploma

You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you can progress on to higher education or work in a supervisory role in the early years sector.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses might still free if you’re under 19 or 19 years and above and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

If you’re over 19 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over and want to achieve your first full Level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate, diploma or A-Levels) then this course is free.

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Bedford College Childcare Level 3
Care & Childcare


When I left school I knew I wanted to work in a care setting. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to go into care for the elderly or child care, but this course at Bedford College looked interesting. Before I started the course, I didn’t have much experience of childcare, apart from having babysat my nieces a few times, so it was a completely new area for me.

I started on the Level 2 course and have worked my way up to Level 3. My tutors are very supportive, although there is a lot more responsibility at College compared to school. You are responsible for your own learning and it’s up to you to work hard.

All students have to attend a work placement as part of the course. I am currently doing mine at Hills Lower nursery school. The children are three and four years old and I help out in the nursery and interact with the children.

We have had speakers come in to talk to us about various aspects of care and childcare. The theory work is also very interesting and I particularly enjoyed learning about safeguarding and the legislation behind it.

Once I finish the Level 3 course I’m hoping to go to university to study Psychology & Mental Health.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.