• 98%

    of our students have progressed to a positive destination.

    Sunderland College destination data, 16-18 year olds, 2017/18 academic year.

  • 93%

    of our students agreed that the teaching on their course is good.

    Sunderland College On-programme Survey 2018

  • Free meals

    Eligible students may be entitled to bursaries and free meals.

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
08/09/2020 1 Year 3 Full-Time Bede Campus Full-time Vocational
08/09/2020 1 Year 3 Full-Time Bede Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade A*-C including English and Maths Grade 4, along with a satisfactory DBS Clearance check.

If you intend to progress to university to study Primary Teaching you’ll need to have GCSEs in English, Maths and Science at Grade 4

Study level Cost Additional fees
16-18 FREE You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.
19+ 52.00* You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.

The course covers the underlying principles involved in the care, learning and development of children from birth to primary school years including:

Health and well-being
Legislation frameworks and professional practice
Play, development and learning

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term

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What’s next?

Upon achievement of this qualification learners will gain their license to practice and it is intended that learners will be able to access higher education or enter the workplace as Early Years Educators. Learners can progress into various job roles in statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

Practitioner in day nurseries
Practitioner nursery schools
Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
Pre-school worker
Home based childcare

The Diploma is a full and relevant qualification and in combination with GCSE English and maths at grade C or above provides learners with a licence to practise as an Early Years Educator. It also enables learners to progress to Higher Education.

98%of our students progress to a positive destination

(*Destination data for Sunderland College students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Sunderland College?

Our achievement rates are well above the national average.

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% of our HND and HNC students progressed to employment or further study. 

(*Destination data, academic year 2016/17, HNC 19+)

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.