Childcare | NCFE Certificate and Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) | Level 3

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
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What will you be working towards?

Code FE0292-1C
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Our childcare department has an excellent track record of student progression to employment or university. You will learn about caring for children from birth to seven years of age, linking classroom theory with hands-on experience through regular work placements. This experience will provide you with the skills and confidence required for this challenging and rewarding industry.

  • Fantastic links with local hospitals, schools and nurseries
  • Work placements provide practical experience
  • Inspirational guest speakers
  • High progression rate to employment


Course units

  • Two days per week in work placement
  • Child development
  • Supporting Children's play
  • Safe environments
  • Legislation

Entry requirements

Start at this Level 3 course if you have at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths. Two references; one academic, one working with children; and an enhanced DBS.

If you do not have the above, you can start at a lower level and then progress to Level 3. We have Childcare courses at both Level 2 and Level 1, so you have options depending on your circumstances.

Our careers advisers will be happy to talk to you if you need help deciding which level to start at.

Your next steps...

After this course

After completing Year 1 of this Certificate in Childcare and Education (EYE) most students progress to Year 2, studying the Diploma in Childcare and Education (EYE). Upon completion of Year 2 most students go out to employment in a nursery, primary school or as a nanny or go on to university studying teaching or childhood studies.

Future careers include:

  • Nursery worker
  • Nanny
  • Nursery nurse
  • Teaching assistant
  • Primary school teacher
  • Social worker
  • Children's holiday rep