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.

Levels

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

Are you looking to study a University Level course? Click here for more information!

Highlights from Nottingham College

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Course Moves 2018

18/05/2018

As part of the College’s ongoing Estates strategy, this summer the college has the opportunity to improve the learner experience and outcomes by moving courses to different sites.

Professional chefs introduce students to Asian-inspired cooking

18/05/2018

Former Nottingham College student, turned award-winning chef, Hira Thakur, is returning to where his training first began, in the College’s commercial restaurant, to support the next generation of budding cooks.

Beauty students receive training using industry-leading product waxu

17/05/2018

Beauty Therapy students receive industry training in preparation for the uptake of waxu into courses from September 2018.

Students start a conversation about mental health

17/05/2018

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (14th – 20th May), staff and students are embarking on a 17-mile charity ‘walk and talk’ on Friday 18th May, to raise awareness and challenge stigma around mental health.

Come along to our Access to Nursing open event

17/05/2018

Prospective students interested in pursuing a career in nursing or midwifery can come along to an open event at City (Adams) on Tuesday 5th June, 5-7pm.

Students travel stateside for twice-in-a-life-time experience

11/05/2018

Katie and Harry's Camp America work experience had such an impact the first time round, now they're jetting off again!

The Nottingham Motorshow is back!

11/05/2018

From Japanese racing cars to pre-war classics, if you’re a fan of motors, old and new, the annual Nottingham Motorshow is a fantastic event not to be missed.

Trainee chefs put their ‘Hart’s’ and soul into College cook off

03/05/2018

Professional Chefs Diploma students battled it out in the kitchen today, hoping to win the chance to cook alongside Dan Burridge, Head Chef at Hart’s Hotel and Restaurant.

Students’ creativity is set to soar on globally recognised art course

30/04/2018

Foundation Art students selected for world class course

Hospitality students prove they have what it takes to make it in the industry

27/04/2018

The pressure was on for Hospitality Management students last night, when they took charge at the renowned Marco Pierre White’s restaurant.

Media and Music students showcase their talents

27/04/2018

Music and Media students came together last week for the College’s annual Music Industry Week.

Chinese students increase their automotive knowledge with Emtec

25/04/2018

Chinese students experience with Emtec drives forward career opportunities

Nottingham College athletes hope to win big at national sporting event

20/04/2018

Nottingham College athletes hope to win big at national AoC sporting event

Collaborating with industry is the perfect recipe

12/04/2018

Don’t miss the chance to be wined and dined by our Hospitality Management students on 26 April when they take charge at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant for one night only.