Course Type: Full Time

Level 3 Child Development and Care

  • Course Code EYDEAT001A
  • Start Date 2nd September 2019
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

Gain a vocational qualification that gives a basic introduction to the sector. This programme will give you the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary for working with children in a variety of settings. It is aimed at a range of learners who wish to be introduced to childcare and development for children aged 0-5 years. It will also give you an insight into your preferred learning styles and assists in developing your ability to study.

Work experience

You must be at least 16 years of age. You do not need to be working or undertaking practical placements to study for this qualification; however, a placement will be arranged for those learners who are work ready.


Assessment is via two internally assessed graded Assessment Tasks and an externally assessed Synoptic Assessment unit, which is assessed via a Multiple Choice Paper. The Award is graded from A* to D.  You can progress to the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Certificate and Diploma in Child Care and Education

    And further progression to:

  • Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Child Care and Education


English and maths
To enable further progression you will study English and maths and participate in individual and group tutorials to strengthen employability skills as part of a full study programme.

An interview is required and a DBS check is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

2 GCSEs grade A* - C (9-4) including English language plus maths GCSE grade D or above.

This course is free to those aged under 19 years old.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced price course fees and there are grants and bursaries you can apply for to help cover the costs of coming to college, depending on your circumstances.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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