BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

Head of Department

Mrs Prebble

Examining Body


Subject Overview

This Level 3 Diploma is a full time course, taught over two years. This does mean it will be the sole subject you study over the two years. It requires you to complete 750 hours of work placement throughout the two years, across a variety of age ranges. You will be expected to be proactive and work with the tutor in finding placements to suit your needs. The Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education gives learners an understanding of Early Years childcare of children from birth to 5 years and further knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Course Details 

Students will complete 14 units that are internally assessed and are externally moderated by the CACHE external verifier. They will complete an external examination in the first year and then another one in the second year. There is a maximum of two opportunities for learners to attempt each of the External Assessments in order to achieve a pass grade or to improve a grade.

What Will You Study:

Unit no. Unit title 
Unit 1 Child development from conception to seven years 
Unit 2 Children's health and well-being 
Unit 3 Proving safe environments for children
Unit 4 Child health
Unit 5 Play learning 
Unit 6 Understanding children's additional needs 
Unit 7 Observation, assessment and planning 
Unit 9 Supporting emergent literacy 
Unit 10 Supporting emergent mathematics 
Unit 11 Preparing for school readiness 
Unit 12 International perspective
Unit 13 Reflective practice for professional development
Unit 14 Professional partnerships in Early Years 
Unit 16 Professional practice portfolio 


Each unit will have a variety of assessments methods. These could be through professional discussions, essay writing, direct observations, reflective logs, question and answer sessions and observation of children. Units are assessed internally and marked by your Tutor. You must achieve a D grade/Pass grade to be awarded the unit. Unit assessments for units 1–14 must be achieved at pass grade D or above. The assessment for Unit 16 ( your placements) must be achieved at a ‘Pass’ grade. If your assessment does not meet the criteria for a D grade/Pass grade it will be referred. You may resubmit your work with improvements. Your Tutor will negotiate a re-submission date with you. If your unit assessment still does not achieve a D grade/Pass grade, your Tutor will advise you on the action which may be needed before you resubmit your work again. You can achieve a D grade/Pass grade or above at any stage. When you have achieved a pass D grade, or above for your unit assessment, you may want to improve your grade. Your Tutor will advise you on how you can do this. You must present your original work and your additional work together for marking.

Possible Career Paths 

This is a set of nested qualifications and the progression from Award to Certificate and then to Diploma is natural and achievable. Once the Diploma is achieved the progression to Higher Education can be made. The course offers UCAS points which learners can use to gain access to a number of universities.  Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

Award and Certificate:

  • supervised Early Years role


  • Early Years Educator
  • Practitioner in an Early Years workforce
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • Nanny
  • Any childcare related careers