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Childcare and Education (NCFE Level 3 Certificate) - Full-time

Course outline

This course is perfect if you want to develop your skills and understanding within the Early Years and Education Sector, would like to work with children from birth to 7 years, and want to progress into a career within the industry or continue to study at a higher level.

You’ll learn about:

  • Child development
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and safety
  • Play and observation
  • Assessment
  • Planning

You can expect a well-structured course, taught by a team of experienced staff who are there to support and guide you along the way.

You will develop academic skills alongside your understanding of how children learn and develop, preparing you for the world of work or further study.

As part of this course you will attend a placement, 2 days per week in a variety of Early Years settings.

Aged 24 or over?

If you don't already hold a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to at least two A Levels, or a Level 3 vocational qualification), you can now study this course fully funded!

The Government’s new Lifetime Skills Guarantee programme has created new opportunities for adults, aged 24 and over, to access fully funded full-time learning.

For more information, view our Funded Courses for Over 24s page.

DBS Check

If you are aged 16-18 or 19-23 without having achieved a Level 3 qualification, you will also be eligible for full funding.

You will complete a placement in a nursery or a school and in order to do this you will need to have a DBS which shows that you are safe to work with children.

To receive a DBS Certificate, you will need to complete an application (we will help you with this, don’t worry) and you need to provide identification.

You will need two of the following:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Full or provisional driving licence

You will also need to provide us with your proof of address that is on a bank statement or a benefit letter with your name on it.

Please do your best to have the ID ready before you start your course.

How to apply for this course

Apply online now for 2021/22.

Want to find out more first?

Get in touch by hitting the button below and filling out our enquiry form.

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Location Date
111 Canal Street
Nottingham
NG1 7HB

Start: 6th September 2021

Course code: C000553 / Q003105

Qualification

Level 3 NCFE Certificate in Childcare and Education

Duration

1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths – both of these must be grades 9–4 (A*–C) or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths, or a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification with English and Maths GCSE grades 9–4 (A*–C).

Progression

Choose to follow with the Diploma in Childcare and Education. After successful completion of this Certificate, one further year of study is required if you wish to achieve the Diploma and gain Early Years Educator (EYE) status.

Please note that if you are aged 24+ and are claiming Lifetime Skills Guarantee funding for the Certificate course in 2021/22, you may have to take out an Advanced Learner Loan to fund the Diploma course.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.


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