Health & Social Care | NCFE Diploma in Children’s and Young People’s Settings | Level 1

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Course Code: FE0155-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: At least two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, preferably including English and maths. Qualification: NCFE Level 1 Diploma in Children’s and Young People’s Settings Awarding Body: Laser

Why this course?

This course offers an insight into both the early years and health and social care worlds, to help you decide which you would like to specialise in.

Working in small classes, you will notice that your self-confidence and self-esteem will grow, with the help and support from experienced tutors and teaching assistants. The course also boosts your social skills and ability to get on with a variety of different people. Your study programme will also include some supported English and Maths sessions and provide a first step towards gaining qualifications.

The college has excellent links with hospitals, schools, nurseries and care homes across Brighton. Regular placements with these institutions give our students the opportunity to work with future employers and gain the skills and confidence required for this challenging and rewarding industry.

The MET welcomes students from all walks of life and offers courses specifically designed for those who may need some additional support with their learning.

In 2021, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust launched The Health and Care Academy in partnership with the MET to educate and support the next generation of healthcare workers. This gives you access to valuable work experience and employment opportunities.

Please note: This course takes place at our East Brighton Campus.

  • Fantastic links with local employers, including Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Work placements provide practical experience
  • Inspirational guest speakers
  • High progression rates to employment

Start dates

September 2023 Apply
  • Views Charlie Gillam Pathways - Care Level 1
    All the teachers have been really good, supporting me with my work and other things. I enjoyed going to Sri Lanka as part of this course and am grateful and thankful for the experience.
  • student Views Rachel Martin Early Years
    The teachers and their assistants helped me through any struggles I had and were absolutely amazing. After I finished college I was offered a job at my placement in a private daycare setting where I am now a key worker.
  • student Views Georgina Booker Early Years
    The tutors were very supportive and helpful throughout the course, and they helped me to gain the qualification that has shaped the beginning of my career. I have had a great introduction to my career, spending several years working in childcare for a travel company.
  • student Views Tyla Dawson Early Years
    Since leaving college I have moved onto university to study a degree in Special Needs and Disabilities. I never thought someone like me (who struggles academically would be able to get into university, but I did. Karen and Sam motivated me and pushed me to do my best.
  • student Views Chloe Pullinger Early Years
    Sam is the most amazing teacher! Always make us feel safe and comfortable at college whilst pushing us to do our best. Couldn’t ask for a better teacher. The course can sometimes be hard but Sam and Karen have the ability to help us understand our work and they provide loads of different resources.
  • student Views Isabell Coates Early Years
    With the support of the teachers and support staff around me I have grown in confidence, achieved higher grades and become more independent.
  • student Views Kerrie Rose Early Years
    Whenever I need help, all my teachers are more than willing to oblige. All my lessons have been easy to understand because they’ve been broken down into small parts and I find it easier to learn that way.
  • student Views Holly Parker-Reed Early Years
    This course has been the best two years of my life. The people on the course are amazing and I have met one of my best friends along the way. The teachers are incredible.

Entry requirements

At least two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, preferably including English and maths.

ESOL applicants will require E3 or above.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Skills in caring for young children 
  • Mental health
  • Understanding child development
  • Working in health and social care
  • Working in children's and young people's settings
  • Principles and values in health and social care
  • Principles and values in adults and children
  • Principles and values in young people, early years and childcare

Why the MET?

  • Excellent links with hospitals, schools, nurseries and care homes across Brighton
  • Small group sizes 
  • Gain a holistic understanding of the care sector
  • Opportunity for work experience
  • Stepping stone to a level 2 course
  • Additional lessons in employability



  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios 
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the METs 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 & what's next?

Following a Pathways course, you can progress to further training at Level 1 or sometimes Level 2, either full-time or as an apprentice. 

Future Careers:

  • Nursery worker
  • Nanny
  • Nursery nurse
  • Teaching assistant
  • Primary school teacher
  • Social worker
  • Children’s holiday rep
Work experience & what's next?

Course fees

This course is also free if you meet the following criteria:

  • You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:
  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £345 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £552 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £18,525 per year (gross pay)
  • You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704


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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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