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Early Years Workforce — Level 3 Diploma (September Start)

Early Years

Course ID: 173671

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • The Diploma is aimed at those already working in the Early years sector or those wanting to gain employment with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.
  • It will enable you to gain key knowledge and skills in early years care and education and on completion enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

What to expect from the course

We have structured the units around three themes:
• Theme 1: Health and well-being
• Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
• Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

Learners must:
• pass 23 mandatory units
• Complete longitudinal study
• Show competence in a real work environment, minimum of 350 hours recorded.


NCFE Cache Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce

Why study with us?

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

A gym, including treadmills and exercise bikes.
Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

You will be able to gain employment in an Early years setting or school. To be included in the staff; child ratios as a Level 3 Early Years Educator you must have achieved both Maths and English at level 2 or GCSE grade 4 or above.
On completion you will achieve 32 UCAS points and can progress to a degree programme.

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

Be working in a relevant setting or able to volunteer for at least 2 days per week.
You must hold either maths or English at level 2 or GCSE grade 4 or above.
You can complete 1 GCSE alongside the Diploma.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19 or over and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

19 years old or over and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for24/25 is 2882.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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