Childcare & Education Technical Diploma NCFE Level 3

Level 1 Diploma
Course Location


Trafford College


Altrincham Campus

Course Overview

This is a vocationally related qualification, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in work-related contexts. It is popular because upon successful completion it confers a ‘Licence to Practice’ and is excellent preparation for a variety of careers working with children. The course prepares you to work with children and their families in a variety of settings and environments within the childcare sector. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working independently to produce high quality coursework; working to deadlines; and presenting information effectively.

You will spend three days per week studying units including child development, play and learning, health and safety, working with parents and others, safeguarding, observation, assessment and planning. Learning is through a student centred approach including a variety of individual and group activities, practical sessions, presentations and the use of ICT to support research. Educational visits to local exhibitions and guest presenters speaking about a variety of topics enrich your learning experience.

You will also spend two days per week doing practical training in a local childcare and education setting, where you will gain experience working with children aged from birth to 7yrs and 11 months. You will be required to complete a total of 750 hours of work experience over the duration of the course.

Further Details


College 16-18

Course Start Date


Course Duration

Full-Time - 2 Years


Childcare & Education

5 GCSEs at grade 9 – 4 including English and maths.

All successful applicants will be required to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service check.

The Childcare teaching team have a wealth of experience coming from a wide range of Childcare backgrounds and experience. We look forward to meeting you!

On successful completion of the course you may wish to access University or career paths that may include Early Childhood Studies, Early Years, Primary Teaching, Nursing or Social Work. Alternatively you can choose to look for employment in a childcare and educational setting.

Assessment includes a paper-based external written examination for Unit 1: Child Development. This examination is held at the end of the first year and must be passed in order to achieve the BTEC CPLD (EYE) qualification. There is 1 re-sit opportunity during the second year. Unit 2: Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills and Unit 4 : Enquiries into Current Research in Early Years Practice are also externally assessed and are taken under supervised conditions. These units must also be passed to successfully achieve the qualification

The majority of the course is assessed through Unit assignments which are submitted throughout the two year course. Competence in the workplace is assessed through observation by the College work place co-ordinator and trained staff in placement.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course).

19+ learners – please contact the Customer Services Team on 0161 886 7070 for course and fee information.

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