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Education & Childcare Vocational Courses

Learn the unique skills needed to support young children in your care.

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Industry leading courses

If you have a caring and patient nature and a passion for working with babies or children in a nursery or primary school setting, then our education and childcare programmes are perfect for you.

Our dedicated lecturers have a wealth of experience in the field and will teach you the unique skills needed to support young children in your care. You will practise your skills in a ‘true to life’ training room at our North Devon campus, as well as undertaking fantastic early years work experience opportunities, including the chance to visit Sweden to see how they run their innovative Forest Schools. 

There are many pathways available to students who complete courses in education and childcare, from teachers to teaching assistants and nursery nurses to child nurses. And we also offer a range of childhood-related higher education courses to help you progress even further.


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It has opened a new area of life that has been a great journey so far and I look forward to the future working with children.


Supporting Teaching & Learning, Level 3 

Spent on education in the UK in 2019/20

£92.3 billion


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Average salary for a Primary School Teacher



Children in secondary education

6.73 million

The Institute for Government

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.