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BDC Childcare 5 1
Level 3

NCFE/CACHE Childcare and Early Years Education


2 years


Rush Green Campus


Sept 2023





You'll learn how to work with children between birth and 7 years of age. The course will cover the holistic development of children up to the age of 7 years 11 months which will include development, play, theories, safeguarding and much more.

There is a controlled assessment in first and second years that is compulsory to pass.

You will spend 2 days on your placement and 3 days in college.

You will need to have GCSE Maths, English Language and two additional subjects at grade 4 (C) or above.

As part of the application process you will also be asked to explain why you want to study this course, so that we can ensure any course offer made aligns to your career goals.

All of our teaching staff have vast industry experience within early years and school environments.

You'll complete 750 hours of placement time over the 2-year course. This on-the-job experience will give you a huge advantage when you look to develop your career.

Having successfully completed the Level 3 qualification, you can either head into employment or continue your studies with a degree-level course.

Where it can lead to
Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.