The certificate will guide and assess development of knowledge and skills relating to early learning and Childcare workforces. To complete the certificate you must gain a minimum of 35 credits, 31 of which are gained from the mandatory units and a further four from the optional units.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for those learners, in paid or voluntary employment in an early years education and care role with children from birth to 5 years.

Why study a Diploma in Early Years Practitioner?

You can progress to the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator. The college also offers a Foundation Degree in Education. On completion of a Foundation Degree, it is possible to then ‘top up’ to gain a full BA (Hons) degree.

Course Length

1 year 

Entry requirements 

  • It is recommended that you hold or are working towards a Functional Skills level 2 or a GCSE Grade C or above in English and maths.
  • You must be in either paid or voluntary employment in early years setting for a minimum of 1 full day per week.
  • It is recommended that you have a minimum of 6 weeks experience in an early years setting prior to starting the course.


Please contact the Admissions Team by calling 0161 666 8215 or emailing 

If you are a Greater Manchester Resident (or aged 19-23 and non GM resident) and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, your course will be FREE.



Course Dates

Start date: Thursday 17th September 2020 Duration: 36 Weeks