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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a two-year technical study programme, designed with employers to give young people the skills that the childcare and education sector needs. It will provide a mixture of:

  • Technical knowledge and skills
  • An industry placement of at least 45 days in childcare settings, with a minimum of 750 hours
  • Relevant maths, English and digital skills

This course is delivered at the Broomfield Hall campus in a new bespoke learning environment where students can develop and practise the skills required to work in the sector.

Entry requirements

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English and Maths.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Core knowledge and skills relevant to the childcare and education sector, for example child development and supporting education
  • Occupation-specific specialist skills and knowledge

In Year 1 you will study 12 core elements and in Year 2 you will further develop your knowledge and skills through a chosen specific pathway.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a variety of methods such as external exam, controlled assessments, employer-led set project and synoptically through practical assignments.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need flat shoes and smart trousers and you should purchase a placement top from DCG.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You could consider a higher level apprenticeship or a higher education degree in a subject such as Primary Education.



  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Nursery Nurse


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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Harli-Marie Richards

Harli-Marie Richards

Exploring the rewards of a childcare career

Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus. Before embarking on her apprenticeship,
Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.

It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.


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