Faculty of
Caring Professions

Early Years Educator


  • Title: Early Years Educator
  • Code: F06212
  • Level: Level 3
  • Length: 2 Year(s)
  • Term: Full Time
  • Faculty: Caring Professions
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Play Specialist
  • Nanny
  • Family Support Worker

For learners 19+ fees will apply, please contact the learning line on 0800 269 480. For learners 24+ a student loan may be available.

You will learn a range of

  • Child Development
  • Working with Parents
  • Curriculum and Frameworks
  • Children's Health
  • Behaviour
  • The Work Environment
  • Professional Practice. 
Level 3 – 4 x GCSE grades A-C or level 4-9 ( including English and Maths)

Assessment will be within the setting, by tutor unit assessment and by Cache external assessment.

You can progress into Higher Education to study a related degree such as Teaching, Social Work, Paediatric Nursing, and Psychology.

You will be required to have a clear enhanced DBS check.

This is a 2 year course for learners aimed 18+ wishing to achieve the level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Year’s Educator). In the first year you will achieve the certificate in Childcare and Education and in the second year you will achieve the Diploma in Childcare and Education. The course consists of two elements: an academic one where you will study a number of topics within the college, and a practical element which involves two days per week in a variety of settings working with children aged 0-5.

English and maths provide the skills you need to operate confidently, effectively and independently in learning, life and work. At Oldham College we are committed to developing these skills throughout your time with us. You will receive an initial assessment and may be able to study these subjects at a higher level so that you are able to continue to have these vital skills developed within your chosen course of study

You can also progress to University Campus Oldham (UCO) to take the following higher level qualifications.

3 Year Honours Degrees:

  • BA Early Years
  • BSc Health and Community Studies
  • BSc Psychological Studies.


2 Year full time Foundation Degrees:

  • FdA Children and Young People*
  • FdSc Health and Social Care*.

*subject to validation

You will attend a real work placement for two days per week throughout the course. You will gain experience of working with children across a range of ages between 0 and 5.

  • Health and Social Care
  • Early Years Apprenticeship.

Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development

Visit: www.oldham.ac.uk or Call: 0161 785 4000