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Childcare and Education (NCFE Level 3 Technical Diploma) — Full-time

Course outline

This course is perfect if you’ve completed the Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education. This year will give you more skills and competencies working in Early Years and provide UCAS points for university. You’ll earn a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education Early Years Educator (EYE).

If you are looking to pursue a career as a primary school teacher then this is the gold standard qualification for progression onto university to do your professional training.

This course is widely regarded as the best course for progression onto university and into primary school teacher training.

You’ll learn the importance of supporting children with literacy and numeracy, and reflective practice.

You’ll also learn how to develop positive relationships with children and other professionals and to support positive outcomes.

We combine academic excellence with vocational experience.

You’ll gain the skills needed to progress to higher level study and the practical experience to go on to work in the Early Years. You can expect teaching from experienced, supportive staff.

You will continue to undertake a variety of placements (two days a week), which will be assessed continuously.

Aged 19 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 may be able to study this course fully funded!

The Government’s new National Skills Fund programme has created new opportunities for adults, aged 19 and over, to access fully funded full-time learning.

For more information, view our Funded Courses for Over 19s page.

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

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2023/24.

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Location Date
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 4th September 2023

Course code: C027665 / Q024738


NCFE Level 3 Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education (EYE)


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You’ll need to have completed the Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education.

Teaching & assessment

You will be assessed by the College and CACHE and this will include written work, assessment in the workplace and examinations.


Choose to follow with a Foundation Degree in Early Years Studies or Supporting Teaching and Learning in School at Nottingham College, or apply elsewhere for a degree in early childhood studies, primary or early years teaching, or child psychology.

This course offers one of the highest number of tariff points of any Early Years qualification.

Career opportunities include: qualified Early Years practitioner in private settings, teaching assistant in schools, children’s holiday representative, nanny, or registered child minder.

Additional information

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

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

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

DBS Check

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.

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