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Working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings (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


  • A work placement uniform will be required.
Start DateCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20241935A1055FREEApply

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?

  • Child development from birth to 11 years and 11 months
  • Children's play and learning
  • Supporting children's positive behaviour
  • The health and safety of children
  • Exploring legislation/safeguarding
  • Children’s nutrition
  • The role of the childcare practitioner
  • Work placement in an Early Years and 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.
  • Students progressing from Level 1 will need to have attended an early years work placement and maintained at least 90% attendance.

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

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

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.

What can I progress onto?

Career opportunities

How do I apply?

Apply online

Next steps

Attend an open event

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Call our general enquiries team

0808 100 3626
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