Child EducationChild Education

If you choose to study Child Education at Lancaster & Morecambe College you will work with a team of specialist tutors that provide excellent teaching and learning to help you develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to work in this challenging and rewarding vocational area. You will study a wide range of units that will help prepare you to work in the child education sector. The full time courses include a large proportion of work experience in a variety of placement settings where you will be able to apply theory to your practice. There is the opportunity to progress through the levels of courses, and once completed there are fantastic employment opportunities in the local area. If you choose the Apprenticeship route, you will have access to an experienced and knowledgeable assessor throughout the work-based qualification.

Caroline Openshaw, Head of Child Education

“I have been a student at Lancaster & Morecambe College for the last four years, progressing from the Level 1 course to successfully completing the Level 3 qualification in Children’s Play, Learning and Development. All of the tutors were very supportive and helpful and the lessons were interesting. I gained experience at six different placement settings and loved my time at all of them. I have now gained employment as a Level 3 practitioner in a local nursery.”

Natasha Parkinson, Children’s Play, Learning and Development


Past students have gone on to study degrees in Primary Education, Working with Children and Families, and Early Years, at various settings that included the University of Cumbria and Edge Hill University. Employment opportunities include working in nurseries, children’s centres, and schools as early years practitioners, family support workers and teaching assistants. Other students have worked abroad as children’s holiday representatives in resorts and on cruise liners.

Your future career could be..

Teaching Assistant   £11,500 - £23,000
Nursery Worker   £14,000 - £24,000
Nanny      £15,000 - £50,000
Early Years Teacher   £18,000 - £30,000
Primary School Teacher   £22,900 - £67,000
Nursery Manager   £23,000 - £45,000



What do I need to join?

3 GCSEs at grade A*- C Please add equivalents in numbers OR a Level 2 related qualification PLUS GCSE maths and English at grade C/4 or higher. Entry criteria will be applied at the discretion of the course manager.

General Information

This is a challenging two year course which is exciting and rigorous. Learners who successfully complete the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development will be able to practice as Early Years Educators (providing you also have GCSE maths and English at C/4 or above Level 2 Functional Skills). Learners can be sure that they are taking a qualification that is respected by employers, the early years sector and higher education institutions. The full qualification is equivalent to three A-levels in terms of size.

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for those who are interested in a career working with children upon completion of the course, or those intending to progress to Higher Education.

Course Information Sheet

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