Early Years Educator 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 perfect for you if you want to work with children and young people, and have previously completed a Level 1 course. The programme is designed to help you build the knowledge and skills required for working with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age.

You will attend college 2.5 days per week and undertake a work placement for 2 days per week (if you have not achieved a Grade D or above in your Maths and English language GCSEs you will be required to work towards a GCSE Grade C as part of your Study Programme.)

Childcare is an extremely varied and rewarding career, offering opportunities to work within a nursery setting with babies and toddlers, or teaching young children in schools. 

Possible careers include Early Years Practitioner; Nursery Manager; Primary School Teacher; Social Worker; Support worker within a children's residential home; and a Teaching Assistant. 

Blackburn College are proud partners with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and The Forest School learning experience.


What will I study?

You will study:-

  • How to supervise children
  • Supporting positive behaviour
  • Children and young people's behaviour and development
  • Safeguarding 
  • Understanding partnership working
  • Maths and English functional skills
Entry Requirements

You will need at least 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English Language and Maths, or completion of a Level 1 course, along with a positive school report for attendance and punctuality.

A successful DBS check will also be required.

How will I be assessed?

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

What can I do next?

This qualification does not allow you to work with children but is a stepping stone to the Level 3 Diploma or Certificate, which will provide you with an excellent work experience report and reference- a necessary requirement for working within the childcare industry.

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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