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Principles in Childcare and Education (PCE)


Have you always imagined yourself working with children and young people? This 10-week induction course could be your next step towards your dream career.  

Throughout this short course, you will recognise and develop the skills to work or volunteer with children and young people within an educational or early years setting.

If you decide you want to continue with a career in education or early years, you can go on to study either the Diploma in Supporting in Teaching and Learning (Teaching Assistant) - Level 3 or the Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) - Level 3

Start dates and fees

The course takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm.

Please contact us for an explanation of payment methods and information about individual costs.

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
over 19

What will I study?

  • Introduction to work based placement
  • Introduction to study
  • The importance of play
  • Equality and diversity
  • Principles of education and early years
  • Introduction to child development.

Entry requirements

The course is only available to those aged 19 years and over.

  • You will need to complete a satisfactory DBS check to ensure your suitability for working with children which costs £44 and the college will help you obtain this on your behalf
  • You must be able to volunteer for a minimum of 6 hours a week in a school or college setting.

How long is the course?

11 weeks.

How will I be assessed?

  • You will be assessed from reflections of your work completed in college and in your work placement setting, alongside completing a research task.

Career opportunities

How do I apply?

Apply online

Next steps

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