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From playing superheroes in the morning to exploring the natural world in the afternoon, there are few sectors more satisfying than helping our little people to start making sense of the world.

Why childcare and education

No two days will ever be the same if you choose to dedicate your working life to helping these little people get to know the world. A rewarding sector that requires patience and a passion for play. If that is you, read on. 

Our courses are designed by experienced childcare professionals who have worked in a variety of childcare and education settings. Whether you are planning to become a self-employed childminder, a teacher, a nursery manager or work within one of the many other roles supporting children and young people, City College will support you in achieving this. 


Placement will form a large part of your course to give you real life experience of different childcare settings and to enable you to put into practice the knowledge gained whilst enjoying our new childcare facilities at the College. 


Employment opportunities after your course will vary greatly and will include the prospects of being self-employed or working across the country or even abroad. Childcare can be quite a physically demanding job, but there is a role to suit everyone if this is the career for you.

Choose your course

Preparation for Responsibilities of Parenting

  • Course code: CAPRP
  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Award
  • Awarding body: Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE)
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Course type: Part-time

Understanding Mental Health in the Early Years

  • Course code: CUMHEY
  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Awarding body: Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE)
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Course type: Short course

Occupational Studies for the Workplace

  • Course code: DOSW
  • Level: 1
  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Awarding body: Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE)
  • Duration: One year
  • Course type: Full-time
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“The staff are all really friendly and we hear a lot about their experience of working in childcare and education settings, and that’s really useful.”

Emily Farrell

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City College Plymouth like you’ve never seen it before. Tour our facilities from the comfort of your sofa and explore our various subject area-focused introductory videos and demonstrations.

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We hold multiple events all year round, from Year 11 taster sessions to full open days. Our events are a great way to see our facilities, meet our staff and get a feel for life at City College. 

James Barnard City College Plymouth

“It was really worth coming here and getting that on-site experience, all while learning how to become a trainee site manager.”


“That’s exactly what this course with City College offers, a taste of everything.”

Thomas Halton City College Plymouth

“For me, working with my hands is one of the most interesting things I can do so I really wanted to make a career out of it.”