Level 3

  • FT/PT





    52 weeks




This qualification meets the needs of learners who work in residential childcare in a care role.

This qualification will be the accepted qualification for registration and regulation where appropriate and can demonstrate continuing professional development.

course information

Date: 01/08/2018 - 31/07/2019

Location: Middlehaven (Main Building)

Total Fees: £2882.00


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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Learners will cover 16 mandatory units, gaining 53 credits, which include: child development, safeguarding, communication, risk management, assessment and planning, group living, positive outcomes, positive relationships, well-being and resilience, support  learning potential, professional development, equality and diversity, teamwork.

You will choose 3 optional units gaining 8 credits, 61 credits in total are required for this diploma.

Friday 10-12
Various start dates throughout the year
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There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but the college must carry out an initial assessment of each learner prior to the start of the programme to ensure that they are entered for an appropriate type and level of qualification. Learners must have good literacy skills.

You will be expected to complete an English and Maths assessment prior to enrolling onto this course to ensure that your English is at the expected level to achieve.

This qualification is for those employed in children's residential social care.

You will be observed in the workplace by a college assessor who will mark your performance against the assessment criteria of the qualification/unit in which you are working towards.  Tutors/assessors will use a variety of assessment methods which will include assignment work, questions, professional discussion and reflective accounts. Assessment is continuous throughout the course.

This course will be assessed using an electronic e-portfolio.

Upon completion of this course you can progress onto the:-

Foundation Degree in Working with Children & Young People
Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management in Residential Childcare


You can either apply online by clicking on the ‘apply button’ at the top of this website page, or you can download a adult courses application from here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College.

Once we have received and processed your application form we will be in touch. If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk.

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Childcare students will be based in our multi-million pound campus, with specialist classrooms and equipment such as cyber babies and early years resources. Completing a work placement is a crucial element of our childcare courses as it means you can apply classroom learning in a real work environment.

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We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.



Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.



We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.