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Level 3 - QCF Diploma - Children and Young People's Workforce



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What does this course involve?

Within the Level 3 Diploma there are two pathways: Early Years Pathway (0-5 years) or The Children’s Social Care Pathway - suitable of practitioners in residential care, care workers and foster carers (8 years +). Learners work through work based units of competence which can be either paper based or electronic.

This course is distance learning however the learner is expected to meet with a trainer/assessor on a monthly basis. Both courses consist of work based units of competence which is anticipated will be completed within eighteen months.

There is relevant support available such as: Telephone/email support, Access to Learning Curve Resources, Individual Tutorial. The course is designed to embrace equality and diversity with all learners that meet the appropriate entry requirements.

This course will be offered at times throughout the academic year which runs from September – July. To register your interest please contact support services on 01843 605062 email:


What qualifications do I need?

You will need to be aged 19 or over and have at least one year’s experience working with children and young people. You must currently be working in an appropriate care environment relevant to the chosen pathway. In compliance with OFSTED, proof of foundation training would be useful but is not essential to start the programme. A suitable level of literacy is required to complete the written portfolio.


An NVQ is an on-going assessment of work based competence and you will be required to complete a portfolio of evidence.

Fees & Costs

Course fee:
£2,882 (19 and over)

If you are aged 19 and over an Advanced Learning loan may be available if you are studying at Level 3 and above. To find out if you’re eligible visit

All prices quoted are given as a guide, and may be subject to change. Eligible students may be able to get help with course related costs such a travel, equipment and childcare.

Please contact Support Services on 01843 605062 (or e-mail for confirmation of all course fees quoted.


This is a nationally recognised qualification which can be used towards further development. An NVQ is an on-going assessment of work based competence.

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