Childcare & Early Years

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: CACHE

Qualifications on offer: Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care

Summary of course

This qualification is designed to give you an understanding of the health and education needs of children. The aim of this qualification is to prepare students to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years and how to provide appropriate activities. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in children's environments.

The method of learning is through classroom based activity and work placements.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Introducing the Role of the Early Years Practitioner
  • Legislation, Framework and Practice
  • Play, Development and Learning for School
  • Professional Development

Specialist Units:

  • supporting children with additional needs
  • nutrition for children
  • supporting positive behaviour
  • creative play

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

  • Portfolio of Work (to include a variety of written assesments and observations)

  • Work Placement Records (Work Experience is approximately 65 days in placement, only arranged by the College)

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in gaining an occupational competence for the Childcare Workforce and wish to gain a Level 2 qualification in Childcare.

Progression and Career Opportunities

This qualification allows progression onto the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications. Upon achievement of this qualification, you can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, such as:

  • Nursery assistant
  • Classroom assistant
  • Pre-school assistant

Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the ‘What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs – mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship
Specific Course Requirements: GCSE English and Maths at grade 3 (D)

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studies as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 3 (D).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

You will be required to bring a piece of written work to your interview appointment, using one side of A4 paper, identifying why you want to work with children.

General Info (materials required for the course)

(Work Experience is approximately 65 days in placement, only arranged by the College)

General Information (materials required for the course): We recommend you purchase the following items and would ask you to be prepared to pay these costs when you enrol with us in September:

  • £15 (approximately) - Uniform (polo shirt)
  • £25 - stationery
  • DBS - cost TBC

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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