• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration2 Years
  • Awarding bodyNCFE / CACHE


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 2 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:

  • Health and Well-Being 
  • Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice
  • Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness 
  • Professional Development

September - June

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).

You will be continuously assessed through assessor observation, reflective account, case studies professional discussion, written questions, oral questions, written assignments and tasks.

A professional skills portfolio will be completed in year 2.

A graded synoptic assessment will be completed in year 1 and 2.

There will also be an externally set and externally marked assessment.

University opportunities
Past students have progressed to study degrees in early years, early childhood professional studies, education, youth, childhood and community studies, social and public sector development, childhood studies and a variety of other degrees.
Career opportunities
Career opportunities include teaching, practitioner in a day nursery, management, child-minding and youth work.

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. 

Many people qualify for free tuition fees, for more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time students.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. 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.