Course: Technical Childcare and Education Level 3

Study Level

Level 3


Lowestoft Campus


2 Years



"Woodlands has a strong and professional working relationship with East Coast College. The students we have on placement with us are very pleasant, helpful and eager to learn and we encourage them at our setting. The students are well supported by the college and the team are always on hand to provide advice. We feel this is a mutually beneficial arrangement as we always welcome an extra pair of hands and the students gain valuable experience and learning opportunities to support their college course."

Woodlands Primary Academy

Our professional courses give you the opportunity to learn from inspirational tutors in college and industry experts in the childcare sector. We will support you to meet the knowledge and skills needed to excel in this highly competitive sector, and beyond into employment and higher education.

This course will equip you with a licence to practise and our workplace assessors will support you to master the skills you will need to support children’s development and make a difference to their long-term outcomes, as this is the most crucial period for children’s brain development.

In previous years, students have also benefited from a two-week trip to Italy as part of the Turing Scheme, where they experienced international approaches to childcare, explored different ateliers and learnt about the Reggio Emilia approach.

Modules you will study include:

  • Child development
  • Play and learning
  • International approaches to education
  • Safeguarding
  • Additional needs
  • Partnership working

Why study with us?

  • Amazing learning environments, including simulated nursery and outdoor area.
  • Excellent partnerships and placement opportunities with schools and nurseries across Norfolk and Suffolk, creating additional learning opportunities to meet local needs.
  • One-to-one tutor support to mentor you to achieve your goals and career aspirations.


You will need to have achieved at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and maths.


Assessment will be through a range of assessment methods including reports, essays, observations in work placement and portfolios of evidence. You will also be regularly observed in your work placement.


Career options might include teaching, early years leader, specialist roles such as SENCO lead, safeguarding, SEND lead, speech and language therapist, paediatric nursing, midwife, early years practitioner and many more.

Childcare is an excellent course if you want to go on to study a degree in subjects such as midwifery, paediatric nursing or early childhood.

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