Childcare and Education | NCFE Level 3

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Course Code: FE0292-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Open to international students Campus: Broadwater Campus Qualification: NCFE Award, Certificate and Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3 Awarding Body: NCFE Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

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Our childcare department has an excellent track record of student progression to employment and higher education. 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 equip you with the skills and confidence required for this challenging and rewarding industry. The course provides: 

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

Start dates

September 2022 Apply
  • student Views Michelle Evan Childcare | NCFE Certificate and Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) | Level 3

    "The first year has really helped me to find my feet at the college and I got lots of amazing support. The best is yet to come." 

  • student Views Moushira El Naggar Childcare | NCFE Certificate and Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) | Level 3

    "I feel I have thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the Childcare and Education level 3 course. I feel that I have matured and progressed, both academically and on a personal level. This course has given me the opportunity to pave the path for my future career in education. The dedicated tutors have supported and guided me throughout the year to accomplish my achievements." 

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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.

Entry requirements

Course units

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

Why the MET?

  • High-quality work placement opportunities in a range of settings, so you can experience multiple aspects of early years
  • 75% of our current Level 3 Diploma students have successfully gained a place at university or equivalent level course
  • Good levels of progression to employment and apprenticeships
  • Well-known and respected qualification by employers
  • Support in gaining employment, including help with CV writing
  • Many of our students gain employment at their placement, when they leave college
  • Inspirational guest speakers and industry related trips and visits
  • Industry-experienced teaching staff who are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims


  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios 
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks


Work experience

We have excellent links and partnerships with local employers to ensure we can place you in a suitable setting that fits your needs and career aspirations. 

You will develop work-related skills, knowledge and understanding as well as experience employment within the childcare sector.

Northbrook College is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students.


After this course

On completion of the second year of Level 3, you’ll have Early Years Educator status, allowing you to go into employment as an early years worker or apply to university to study teaching or childhood studies. 

Future careers include: 

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

Course fees and finance

Course is free if you meet the following criteria

If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Lifetime Skills Guarantee

The Lifetime Skills Guarantee is part of the government's National Skills Fund, designed to help adults to gain the skills they need for employment and to improve their job prospects.

This course may be free for you if:

  • You are 19+
  • This is your first full Level 3 qualification OR
  • You achieved your full level 3 qualification before 1 April 2021 (and none since) and you are unemployed (or earn less than £345 per month) and are in receipt of benefits OR
  • You achieved your full level 3 qualification before 1 April 2021 (and none since) and you are employed and have an annual gross income less than £18,525

For more information, please visit the government website or speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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