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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
1.5 Child Development and Well Being
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ002633
Price:
£130.00 per learner
Age Range:
19+

Qualification Summary

The Diploma allows learners to undertake study related to early years education. Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes including a focus on health and wellbeing, education and learning and development. The Diploma also takes a wider view, focusing on topics such as safeguarding, society and environment which underpin most early years degrees.

Learners will complete mandatory units which cover an overview of child development and also childcare practice including the important topics of safeguarding and special educational needs but then they will be able to research an area of interest to them in more depth. They will study a range of optional units covering learning and development, nutrition and healthy eating and the importance of play in developing learning.

Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills.

Learners who have followed these routes may need to develop their skills in specific areas as well as learning more about subjects in which they have an interest. If the learner has gone straight into employment, they may not have studied at Level 3 and so this Access to HE Diploma will help them to build on existing skills and provide a good grounding for further academic study.


Why choose this qualification?

The Diploma allows learners to undertake study related to early years education.  Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes including a focus on health and wellbeing, education and learning and development. The diploma also takes a wider view, focusing on topics such as safeguarding, society and environment which underpin most early years degrees.

Learners will complete mandatory units which cover an overview of child development and also childcare practice including the important topics of safeguarding and special educational needs but then they will be able to research an area of interest to them in more depth.  They will study a range of optional units covering learning and development, nutrition and healthy eating and the importance of play in developing learning.

Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills.

Learners who have followed these routes may need to develop their skills in specific areas as well as learning more about subjects in which they have an interest.  If the learner has gone straight into employment, they may not have studied at Level 3 and so this Access Diploma will help them to build on existing skills and provide a good grounding for further academic study.

Rules of Combination

Learners must complete 45 graded credits at level 3 from 'academic subject content' units. 30 credits must be taken from the mandatory group. A maximum of 6 credits must be taken from the Research optional group and the remaining 9 credits must be taken from the Early Years optional group.


Units

Graded Research Units

Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.

Research Project for Early Years - Methodology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026212
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Research Skills for Early Years

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026214
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Mandatory Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must complete 30 credits from this group.

Child Development: Personal, Social and Emotional

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026421
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Educational Studies: Curriculum Planning

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007144
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Principles of Childcare Practice in Early Years Settings

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025933
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Safeguarding Children, Young People and/or Vulnerable Adults

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025409
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Special Educational Needs Awareness

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025914
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Understanding Play as a Tool for Early Learning

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026425
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Understanding the Importance of Physical, Intellectual and Language Development of Young Children

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026423
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Optional Graded Academic Units: Early Years

Learners must complete 9 credits from this group.

Assessment for Learning

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025916
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Atypical Development and Abnormal Behaviour

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025692
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Multicultural Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014766
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Poverty and Social Exclusion

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014245
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Teaching Resources

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU020222
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Understanding Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006034
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Ungraded Units

Learners must complete 12 credits from the Mandatory Ungraded group and 3 credits from the Optional Ungraded group.

Mandatory Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 12 credits from this group.

Academic Writing Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025276
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Application of Number - Interpreting and Presenting Information

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007486
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Being a Reflective Learner

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017819
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Preparation for Higher Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025532
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Optional Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 3 credits from this group.

Academic Reading Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018346
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Communication - Speaking and Listening

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007560
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Optimising Examination Performance

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025280
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Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU028487
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Study Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018318
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Work Placement

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025609
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QAA aim code

40008721

Target Groups

a) Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE
b) Adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.


Provider approval criteria

No specific resources above provider approval criteria.


Progression Routes

BA (Hons) Early Years
Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)
BA (Honours) Early Childhood
Early Years Foundation Degree FdA
BA (Hons) Early Years and Special and Inclusive Education
BA (Hons) Education Studies and Early Years
BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies
BA (Honours) Education Studies (Primary)
BA (Hons) Education
BSc (Hons) Education
BEd (Hons) Bachelor of Education Honours Degree Primary with QTS

In addition, progression could be onto a higher level or degree apprenticeship including:
Early Years Lead Practitioner (degree)
Early Years Senior Practitioner
Teacher


Progression route entry requirements

Learners will require a pass in maths and English at GCSE level to progress onto a degree course. They are likely to require a pass in a science subject if they wish to undertake a teaching degree course. Students will be required to pass the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting degree programmes leading to QTS.

During registration on the programme, students will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) barred list and criminal records check, and a Disqualification by Association.


Funding information

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Additional funding information for Access to HE

  • Access to HE is eligible for funding as part of the legal entitlement offer.
  • Access to HE is eligible for funding via Advanced Learner Loans and appears on the Advanced Learner Loans catalogues published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.

The following support materials will help you deliver this qualification.

Access to HE Quick Guides

Information for Access Centres

Access to HE Administration

Assignment briefs

Centres approved to deliver our Access to HE Diplomas can download assignment briefs for a selection of units in this Diploma. Assignment briefs can be downloaded by logging to Prism and locating the relevant unit. More assignment briefs are being added not all units currently have assignment briefs available.

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