Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Early Years | NCFE Diploma in an Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings | Level 1

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Course Code: FE0155-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: East Brighton Campus Entry requirements: See entry tab Qualification: LASER Introductory Certificate for Learning, Employability and Progression Level 1 Awarding Body: Laser

Why this course?

Teaching young children

This course offers an insight into both the early years and health & 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.

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

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


Start dates

September 2020 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 two GCSEs at grade 2 (F) or above, preferably including English and maths.

ESOL applicants will require E3 or above.

Entry requirements

Course Units

  • 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


Nursery nurse

Teaching assistant

Primary school teacher

Social worker

Children’s holiday rep

Work experience & what's next?

Course costs

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.

Course costs
  • 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.”

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