Early Years | NCFE Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0706-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: East Brighton Campus Qualification: CACHE Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care Level 2 Awarding Body: NCFE

Why this course?

Childcare

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

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

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

Start dates

Start
September 2020 Apply
September 2021 Apply

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who 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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Entry requirements

At least three GCSEs at grade 3 (D/E) or above, preferably including English and maths. Plus two references; one from working with children and an enhanced DBS. 

If you do not have these grades, we have options for you. You can start on the Level 1 Diploma.

Entry requirements

Course units

  • Supporting physical care routines for children
  • Child development
  • Supporting children’s play
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Legislation and partnership working

Why the MET?

This course offers high levels of progression to employment and apprenticeships. 

You will benefit from high-quality work placement opportunities in a range of settings, experiencing multiple aspects of early years. 

Hear from inspirational guest speakers and experience industry related trips and visits. 

Our industry-experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

After this course

On successful completion, progress to Level 3.

On successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma, you could continue your studies with an apprenticeship or apply to university. Alternatively, you could go straight into employment.

Future careers

Future careers include:

  • Nursery worker (Early years educator)
  • Nanny
  • Teaching assistant
  • Primary school teacher
  • Social worker
  • Children’s holiday rep

Additional costs

You will have to purchase a t-shirt for your placement uniform costing £10 and it is advised you purchase a textbook costing £25. 

Some financial help may be available.

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying.

More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.


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  • 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 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 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 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 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.
  • 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.
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