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Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Intermediate) - Level 2


This course provides you with the practical experience of a work placement to prepare you to gain employment in an early years setting or progress to a qualification with a full licences to practice with the early year’s sector.

Combining practical learning, theory and work placement this diverse course teaches the skills, knowledge and personal qualifications to support a wide range of careers, including becoming a primary teacher, nursey nurses and educational support assistants.

Besides completing mandatory early years work placement for two days per week, throughout the college year, you will also have the opportunity to take part in a learning company to develop your business skills.

Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20231849A1055FREEApply

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

What will I study?

  • 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
  • The health and safety of children
  • Supporting children in a primary school setting.

Entry requirements

This course is only available to those aged 16-18 years.

  • Grade 4 in English or maths, plus three other GCSEs at grade 3.
  • You will need to attend an applicant event and have a successful DBS check.

If you are a young person who is not currently studying a traditional GCSE programme, we will consider alternative qualifications such as functional skills and vocational qualifications.

Please contact our admissions team for further information -

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I be assessed?

  • You'll be assessed through a professional skills record with an early years and primary school setting.
  • Written assignments and set tasks.
  • You will also undertake a synoptic short annswer examination paper.


How do I apply?

Apply online

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