Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma


This diploma is designed to explore Child Care & Development. On this course you will explore an in-depth study of what qualities are needed to work in the field of childcare and investigates child development from pre-conception to seven years of age. The course deals with every aspect involving the best care of children by studying the child cognitive processes such as language and speech development, social skills, and behaviour. The psycho-social issues, together with other external influences on development are included in order to enhance understanding of the factors affecting behaviour.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will have an opportunity to learn foetal and embryo development
  • To review the anatomy and physiology of children
  • Look at different stages of development from birth onwards
  • A review of how to use different aspects of language and communication in relation to development
  • The course encourages the development of Child Care and Development as a whole

This course consists of Ten Units and is a qualification awarded by Oxford Learning College, in its own right; with the quality assurance of a leading awarding body (CIE Global) that hallmarks this professional qualification.

Assessment Objectives (AO)

AO: 1

Students must select and demonstrate clearly relevant knowledge and understanding through the use of evidence, examples and correct language and terminology appropriate to the course of study. This assessment, involves two written assignments: one halfway through the course and following the final unit. Both are assessed and graded by the assigned tutor, according to college procedures.

AO: 2

Students must critically evaluate and justify a point of view through the use of evidence and reasoned argument. Students can include evidence in different formats to support their written work such as documentation or images to support their course.

Quality of Written Communication (QWC)

In addition, OLC require students’ to produce written material in English, candidates must: ensure that text is legible and that spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPG) are accurate so that meaning is clear; select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to studying a complex subject matter; organise information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate and Harvard referencing of citation and sources. In this Specification, SPG will be assessed in all tutor marked assignments (TMAs)

To ensure that we maintain quality standards; all our students written assignments are subject to our plagiarism policy and procedure.


Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma Entry Requirement

Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.

Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.

All students must be aged 16 or over.


The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.

Study Hours

Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.

Quality Assurance

This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.

Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma Course Length

1 Year.

Awarding Body

CIE Global

Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma Course Content

The whole level three diploma has TEN (10) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into topic areas these are:

Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma Unit 1: Course introduction: genetics, embryology and foetal development

In this unit you will learn about genetics, inheritance and sex determination. This will help students to understand whether the nature and characteristics of a child are predetermined or influenced by inheritance. You will cover how basic genetics are inherited and how traits are passed on to a child. A brief summary of reproduction, embryology and the development of the integumentary system of a child is covered including how twins form.

Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma Unit 2: Developmental anatomy and physiology of the child: Part 1

Within this unit you will explore the development of the musculoskeletal system, including bone and muscle structure, function and growth at the various stages of a child. It provides details expected during each stage so those looking after and working with children understand what a healthy baby and child should look like, how they develop and what signs help us identify any problems early on. A concise list of the major bones, muscles and how information is passed from the nervous system to help transport is covered

Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma Unit 3: Developmental anatomy and physiology of the child: Part 2

Through this unit you will be able to gain knowledge of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems ensures that the body is supplied with food and oxygen, and waste is removed from the body. The systems inside a foetus are very different to that of a baby, so the differences are observed and discussed. Factors such as how a mother smoking and drinking can affect the health of a foetus are discussed.

Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma Unit 4: Developmental anatomy and physiology of the child: Part 3

Here you will discover how a foetus obtains nutrients and water and how it excretes waste. What a baby and child needs throughout its care is studied in detail. How food is digested, the organs involved, the role of enzymes in digestion and how nutrients are absorbed at all stages of a child’s life is discussed. We look at the digestive systems – the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, intestine, kidneys, liver and the endocrine system which maintains balance in our body through the production of hormones.

Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma Unit 5: Developmental anatomy and physiology of the child: Part 4

In this unit you will learn about the main systems covered in this module are those responsible for our senses, so we take an in-depth look at the eyes, the nose, and dentition and how we touch, smell and taste.

Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma Unit 6: Birth and beyond: growth and care of the child

You will explore the presentation of tests and measurements used to show a child grows and develops immediately it is born to more detailed and accurate coverage of development up to age 7 years. It also looks at nutrition, measurements and weight, together with childhood illness and vaccination programmes. Common ailments and problems in growth and development are identified.

Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma Unit 7: Language and speech development

How you review how language and speech develop and how we learn to speak. This module will cover how babies and children develop language and speech, what processes are involved and how professionals can positively impact on this process. Detailed discussion on what affects how a baby learns, so we all know that parents repeatedly ask babies to say ‘mama’ ‘dada’ so these are often the first words.

Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma Unit 8: The development of cognitive skills

Within this unit you will learn about cognitive structures, how babies know, learn and how babies learn to interact, their development, and the learning of resulting concepts. It also deals with relationships and interaction. This is a contentious subject and there are many theories on how babies and children learn to interact and learn cognition.

Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma Unit 9: Learning through play

This unit explores the importance of play in relation to development. You will gain an understanding of how play has different purpose so after lunch when we want children to settle for a nap, gentle music and a story is much better than a stimulating activity. Babies and children need different stimuli, play and games for different learning. The environment in which children are raised is important, a colourful and fully equipped nursery is not essential, but a room full of different textures, books, games and activities is clearly of benefit, a baby can get as much fun from an empty box as they can from the latest technological colourful toy.

Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma Unit 10: Working with children and course collation

In this final unit you will review the types of jobs and opportunities there are to work in childcare, from being in a Nursery to a school or looking after children in one’s home. The responsibilities and legal requirements like health and safety, Ofsted and safety is covered in detail. It is recommended that all professionals should have a basic training in first aid and resuscitation.


This Accredited Level 3 Child Care + Development Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.