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Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care - Level 2


On this course you can expect to develop the skills and knowledge required for a range of careers supporting the care and education of young children.

You will also undertake training placements in childcare and education settings.

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Entry requirements

  • GCSE English language or maths with 4 points (grade C) and three GCSEs with at least 3 points (grade D) including Engligh language or maths OR
  • Either a Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children, or a Level 1 Diploma in Health and Social Care (with appropriate English and maths qualifications). 
  • You will be required to undertake a DBS check that the college will fund prior to any placement. Any reprimands, cautions, warnings, convictions or ASBOs may affect your chances of securing a work placement

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You will also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and your current school or college report, with an indication of your attendance pattern.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Oct 20171 yr(s)1849A1055FREE£465.00** EApply online
Oct 20181 yr(s)1849A1057FREE£465.00** EApply online

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

One year.


How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed through observation within the workplace, written assignments and set tasks.

What does the course lead to?

Upon successful completion you could decide to pursue a career in a childcare setting as an early years worker or progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (available at the college).

What will I study?

The course content will cover the knowledge and skills required to support children's care and development, supporting children's play in the early years, supporting children's positive behaviour and the health and safety of children.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

How do I apply?

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