Childhood Studies


This two year vocational course will gives you an in-depth understanding of child development, psychology of play and learning, safeguarding, health, well-being and more. You will apply your learning in a range of early year’s settings, for two days a week, throughout your course where you’ll experience a variety of curricula and environments.

Level: Vocational (level 3)
Type: Triple award

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind


Primary school teacher, early years educator, nanny, childminder, social worker, play therapist, playworker, pre-school manager and room leader.


Primary school teaching, early childhood studies, social work, children’s nursing and play therapy.

Topics you'll cover


  • Child development, psychology, play and learning
  • Safeguarding, health and well-being
  • Additional needs.


  • Supporting emergent literacy/maths and school readiness
  • International perspectives on children’s learning
  • Professional development and partnerships in early years.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Coursework and two controlled assessments under exam conditions
  • Practical assessments through your placements
  • Exam board: CACHE
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma (EYE)
  • Equivalent to three A Levels.

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade 4 and above (including English and maths)
  • Good school reference including attendance and behaviour
  • Making a good impression at the college pre-enrolment interview
  • At interview you will be expected to demonstrate a genuine interest in working with children and a commitment to study, including some work experience with children
  • As a national requirement, a DBS check is carried out on all students before they start the course and there are strict guidelines regarding attendance at college and placement.

What students say about the course

"Before I started this course I knew I wanted to work with children. I also preferred coursework over exams, although we do have two controlled assessments, which take place under exam conditions. I get to work with children two days a week and experience a different educational environment and curriculum every term. This valuable experience puts the theory into context and brings my classroom learning to life."

Simran Sidu, previously at The Mountbatten School

Additional information


During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs. 

 A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.


Students will experience a range age groups and environments, within the Southampton/Hampshire conurbation.