Early Years


Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Full Time
Duration 2 years
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 02/07/2021

Fees and Finance

16-18 N/A
19-24 £6,165 p/ year
24+ £6,165 p/ year
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This course is designed for people who want to work with children and young people, preparing them for employment within early years and play work settings, or as a teaching assistant. The course has been developed with input from professionals working within the sector to ensure that it is industry relevant. *Subject to validation.

The validating body for this course is NCG

Please note: If you succesfully completed a level three course at LSC in 2017-18 and want to progress to an HE course then you don't need to complete a UCAS application. Use the 'Apply' button to apply direct to the College.

Aims of the course

To give students the knowledge, skills and experience they need to work within an early years or play work setting, or as a teaching assistant.

Unit Breakdown

Year one Academic Study Skills, Child Development: Early Years, Child Development 8+, Equality and Diversity in Practice, Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning, The Curriculum Early Years, Work Related Learning.

Year two Atypical Development, Professional Development, Safeguarding, The Curriculum 7 years+, Work-Based Learning, Working with Parents and Families.

Professional placements Students who embark on the course must already be in a paid or voluntary placement in a Childcare related setting. This will provide you with the opportunity to experience the real working environment within your chosen setting.

Assessment Method

You will learn through a dynamic mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work, reflective accounts and research, and be expected to devote approximately 12 hours per week to independent study. You will be assessed through research projects, presentations, examinations and assignments such as a personal development portfolio collated using examples from your work placement.

Progression Opportunities

You will be able to progress on to further study (such as a top-up degree), or directly into employment as a nursery nurse, advisor, family support worker or teaching assistant.

Career Options

In roles such as nursery nurse, advisor and family support worker: as teaching assistants within primary and secondary education as well as positions in voluntary, statutory and private services for children and young people.

Entry Requirements

To apply for this course you must be aged 18 or over on or before the 31st August 2018

70-80 UCAS points. You must hold a GCSE in English and maths Grace C (4) to undertake the Early Years Educator pathway.


You'll learn at our £41m state-of-the-art Southwark campus which offers an innovative learning environment and specialised facilities.

Process for Application

Fees for the second year of two-year courses may be subject to change.

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