Early Years and Education

We offer a variety of courses at Nottingham College that are geared towards rewarding and successful careers in the early years and education sectors.

Our options are perfect if you have a passion to work with children in an education or early years setting. We have all the high quality resources and facilities you need to fully equip you with all the necessary skills that will be beneficial to you and to the young people in your care.

Whether you want to work in a nursery or Children’s Centre, become a nanny or a teaching assistant in a school, having a recognised qualification is essential.

At Nottingham College however, we don’t just want you to have a good qualification, we also want you to have the practical knowledge and experience needed to make sure that you can thrive in your future career.

Our aim is to get all our students work ready from the very start - to fit into the ever-changing early years and education sectors. Most of our courses include work experience and we have extensive links with local schools and nurseries. You also have the option to study early years courses through the apprenticeship route in a workplace.

After you complete your qualification you could apply for a job in industry or progress to a higher level course.


Our courses range from Level 1 to Level 5 (university-level study), so you could progress right through to degree-level with us. Programmes include a mix of classroom learning, practical assessments, visits and placements. Level 3 full-time courses will lead to Early Years Educator status, which is the new gold standard for early years workers.

University Level courses

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Highlights from Nottingham College

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A Level students have their sights firmly set on Oxford


Hard-working A Level students Talia and Oliver have secured places at the prestigious University of Oxford.

College Statement on Student Mariam Moustafa


Today (Thursday 15 March) the College is shocked and saddened to report the death of 18 year old engineering student Mariam Moustafa following a violent assault in Nottingham City Centre on 20 February.

Charlotte's made-up about her dream career


From weddings, proms and fashion shows to theatre productions, TV adverts and even feature films! These are just some of the exciting jobs that talented Charlotte has been working on since graduating from College.

Sofia’s career journey is becoming beautiful


Sofia's apprenticeship career path is steering her in a beautiful direction

Talented graphic designers help launch OWEN Trust


Design student Dean creates winning OWEN Trust logo, helping to raise awareness about open water safety.

Award winning Ruddington Arms team plan to shake & stir students with Small Plates & Cocktails event


The Ruddington Arms is collaborating with our Adams Restaurant again for a one-off Small Plates and Cocktails Evening.

Businesses pledge to help young people develop their digital skills


The College hosted Nottingham's first Digital Skills Summit last week which was attended by more than 50 delegates from local digital businesses.

Students Celebrate the Women of Nottingham


Photography students at Nottingham College have launched a unique campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day today (Thursday 8 March 2018).

College Apprenticeship Fair broadens pupil career horizons


Apprenticeship Fair motivates school learners

Automotive apprenticeship helps motor vehicle enthusiast steam ahead


Auto repair apprenticeship steers Callum in the right direction

Construction apprenticeship helps Ewan build his future


Ewan's apprenticeship helps construct his future

Council give College City Hub development the green light


Plans approved for two new developments as new Broadmarsh area starts to take shape

Charmaine’s community learning experience gives her a fresh start


Charmaine gains her first job through Community Learning Academy

MasterChef finalists inspire culinary stars of the future


Hospitality and Catering students got the chance to work alongside finalists from the BBC 2 cooking show MasterChef: The Professionals today (16th February) as part of a special restaurant takeover.