Early Years Education and Care - Level 2

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC011
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Validated by: National Council Further Education
  • Study Mode: Full time

This one year full time course is for those who wish to work with children and young people and is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age. Learners will attend college 2.5 days per week and placement for 2 days per week. This course will prepare learners to work in the childcare sector or to progress to a Level 3 qualification.


What will I study?

You will learn about:

  • Supporting positive behaviour
  • Children and young person’s development
  • Safeguarding
  • Understanding partnership working
  • Maths & English*

 *If you have not achieved a Grade C or above in your Maths and English Language GCSEs you will be required to work towards a GCSE Grade C in these subjects as part of your Study Programme.

Entry Requirements

You will need at least 4 GCSEs at grade D including English Language and Maths, along with a positive school report for attendance and punctuality.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by written tasks, activities and practical assessments. You will also be assessed whilst on work placement.

What can I do next?

This qualification does not allow you to work with children but is a stepping stone to Level 3 Diploma or Certificate which will provide you with an excellent work experience report and reference required for progression within childcare.

Your Study Programme

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You will study in our £18.3 million Beacon Centre which houses practical teaching rooms for care, cooking and creative activities. You will also have full use of the dedicated IT suites, library and resource centre, where you will have access to over 60 computers and 45,000 books. You will also have free WiFi access across the campus.

Enrichment & Employability

All Childhood Studies learners will participate in 800 hours of work experience in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, nurseries, and childrens play centres.  Work experience is a vital part for all of the Childcare programmes and is essential for learners to be successful. You may also wish to take on voluntary work or paid summer work such as Camp America or local play schemes.

Students will have the opportunity to gain first aid quaifications and take part in the virtual baby programme.

Many learners engage in fund raising by holding an end of year musical, coffee mornings and soup kitchen volunteering.

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