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Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3

Cornwall College Camborne | St Austell LEVEL: 3 Children, Schools & Families

If you have confidence, enthusiasm, communication skills and patience, then educating children and watching them develop is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers you can have. As an early years or primary school teacher you will provide the building blocks on which a child’s academic ability will ­flourish.

We offer two options for you to start your career in childcare and education depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 certificate is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected, with the option to progress to Level 3.

From early years teaching in nurseries to primary school education, we can help you focus your career path so you can decide what the best employment route is for you. Working with pre-school children (early years) is a delight, as learning techniques tend to focus around play, but it is also an extremely important stage of their lives, as what they learn now can shape their personality, attitudes and behaviour later in life. Primary school teaching becomes much more formal and you will teach a broad range of subjects, write lesson plans and tests, all designed to help the children grow academically.

In your first year of study you will work towards a Childcare & Education Certificate, with year two being a top up to the Childcare & Education Diploma Level 3.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You are keen to develop the skills required for a career in education or nursery care, or wish to go on to university study.

You’ll need:

Four GCSEs at grade 4 including English language and maths.

You’ll learn:

An integral part of this course is the 750 hours of work placements that you will carry out in nurseries and primary schools. This real-life work experience is vital when applying for jobs, as employers want to know that you have experience of working in real-life educational establishments and not just theoretical study. Alongside your placements you will also study a range of theoretical and practical units including children’s learning activities, safeguarding, professional practice, and promoting children’s development.


At both our Camborne and St Austell Campuses we have a sector trained team who have vast experience working with Children, Schools and Families.  Both sites are also very well resourced with opportunities for practical and theoretical delivery in and outside of the classroom.

You’ll love:

The ongoing support, both in college and in your workplace setting, developing the transferable skills and knowledge that will increase your progression into careers such as primary teaching, nursery management, child psychology, and speech and language therapy.

You’ll go on to:

University study such as our HNC or FdA Children, Schools & Families.

A BEd degree at university to qualify as a primary/secondary teacher.

Employment in the childcare and education sector.

Careers in this industry 

- Nursery manager
- Early years teacher
- Primary school teacher
- Child psychologist
- Speech and language therapist
- Childminder
- Private day care nanny
- SEN co-ordinator

Our professional training meets the latest demands and requirements of early years settings, schools, colleges and universities.


Children, Schools & Families
Children, Schools & Families


Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education

Start Date

September 2020




2 Years

Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education

Start Date

September 2020


St Austell


2 Years


Katie-Jane Goodman Primary School Teacher

After leaving college Katie studied a BEd degree in primary education and after three years of hard work finished university with an honours degree and got a job as a year 3 primary teacher.

“Duchy College definitely helped me get to where I am now. It allowed
me to build up my confidence in the workplace and helped develop my
skills working with children.”

Children, Schools & Families

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