Level 2 Children's Care, Learning and Development
Over a one year course you will develop a range of practical and theoretical childcare skills, such as, understanding children’s development and communication skills with children and adults. You will gain practical experience working with children in early years' settings. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this course progress onto the L3 in Children’s Play, Learning and Development.
- Course Information
This is a one year course for anyone interested in working with children as a teaching assistant or nursery assistant. Alternatively, progressing onto higher level courses can lead to qualifications which will help you to gain employment in careers such as teaching or as an early years practitioner.
The units studied cover all aspects of understanding and supporting young children’s play and development, including supporting children’s physical care needs, supporting children through play, child development and developing professional practice skills working in the early years. You will also complete a practical experience assessment portfolio.
There will be the opportunity to experience a number of work placements in a variety of childcare settings, such as primary schools, day nurseries or nursery schools, working with children aged 0-5 years. Placements are a major part of this course because there is no better way to learn about working with babies and young children than through first-hand experience and all students will complete 280 hours of work placement.
Please note that as part of the course you will also study English and Maths, and you will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check to confirm you do not have any cautions or convictions which would put in question your suitability to work in these areas.
Enhanced DBS – During your course you will attend a placement, in a workplace related to your course. Due to this, you are required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check which is a criminal records background check to assess whether you are suitable to work with vulnerable people, such as children and vulnerable adults. The college will guide you through the online application process, however you will have to produce identification as part of this. Information about what a DBS check is and the ID required to process your application can be found here.
We strongly advise you to obtain the ID required as soon as possible, so your application isn’t delayed.
- Entry Requirements
For our Pre-Advanced L2 courses our entry requirements are 4 x GCSE at Grade 3, Maths or English Language or English Literature at Grade 3 and Grade 2 in the others
Please note that any student who has not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4 for English and/or maths will continue with these studies as part of their vocational study programme.
Some vocational courses will have additional specific entry requirements or require DBS clearance to undertake placements. Information about this can be found on the Apply Portal, and on your offer letter which you will receive after your interview.
- How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed through coursework which takes the form of assignments, successful completion of each placement and external assessment.
- Progression Pathway
The course prepares you to progress in college, onto an Apprenticeship, or into employment.
- Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) for 16-18 Students
Students applying for this course undertake work placements with children and vulnerable people as part of their course. It is a requirement that all students complete a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check to confirm they do not have any cautions or convictions which would put in question their suitability to work in these areas. Students who do have convictions may not be able to complete this course.
If this is a cause for concern please speak in confidence to a member of the Schools Liaison team, contact the Head of School or discuss this at one of the College Open Evenings.
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.