• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group19+
  • Duration2 Years
  • Awarding bodyCACHE


This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work with children between the ages of 0-5 years. You will study, child development, children’s health and well-being, safe environments, child health, play and learning, additional needs and observation, assessment and planning in the first year. 

In the second year you will undertake units comprising of, literacy, mathematics, school readiness, international perspectives, reflective practice and professional partnerships. Throughout both first and second year you will undertake placements across three age ranges to complete 750 hours in placement as well as create a professional practice portfolio. This two-year course carries full UCAS points.

Course Information

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.

Modules will include:

  • Supporting Healthy Lifestyles for Children
  • Physical Care Routines
  • Emotional Well-Being
  • Support Children Who are Unwell
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and Safety
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Partnership Working
  • Value of Play
  • Enabling Environments
  • Literacy Skills
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Transitions
  • Child Development
  • Assessing and Planning for Childrens Needs

Wednesday, 9am - 11am.

Various start dates available throughout the year.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved five GCSE’s at grade 4/5 (C) or above, including English and Maths plus 2 suitable references. You will be required to complete a satisfactory Enhanced Disclose and Barring Service (DBS check).School leavers are not able to apply for this course.

You will be observed in the workplace by a college assessor who will mark your performance against the assessment criteria of the qualification/unit in which you are working towards.

A variety of assessment methods will be used which will include assignment work, questions, professional discussion, longitudinal study and reflective accounts.

Assessment is continuous throughout the course.

Upon completion of this course you can progress onto the Fd Early Years course or the Fd Working with Children & Young People course.

The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for university we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance.


Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.

Level 3 Entitlement: If you are aged 19 - 23 on the start date of the course and this is your first full Level 3 qualification the course is free.

Advanced Learner Loan: If you are aged 19-23 and this is not your first full Level 3 qualification or you are aged 24 or over on the start date of the course, you will have to pay fees. However, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to fund all or part of the fee. For information on Advanced Learning Loans go to www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans/.
Please note any fee shown excludes any additional costs to learners for any necessary equipment, materials, uniforms or any visit/residential that learners are required to participate in.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form to apply for A Levels, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. You only need to apply once for A Level programmes. After receiving your application form you will be invited to attend an informal interview where you will have a chance to discuss which specific A Level subjects you would like to enrol on.


If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.


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