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:
- Introducing the Role of the Early Years Practitioner
- Legislation, Framework and Practice
- Play, Development and Learning for School
- Professional Development
- 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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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:
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
|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.
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