Early Years Education & Care

Qualification: Certificate
Level 2

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About the course

The first year of this course is a great introduction to early years and health and social care. In the second year you will specialise in early years with a combination of practical and theory based topics to give you a range of skills required for working in the industry.

It will prepare you to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years. A weekly work placement is compulsory for this course.

The course can be completed over 1 or 2 years depending on your grades which will be discussed at your interview.

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Services and roles in health, social care and early years sectors
  • Health and safety
  • Communication skills
  • Healthy eating
  • The values of working with children and vulnerable groups

Year 2

  • Role of an Early Years Practitioner
  • Play, development and learning for school
  • Supporting children’s play and development
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Legislation, framework and professional practice
  • Professional development
  • Work placement

If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 1 Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year you will need to pass the first year of study.


100% Coursework/practical

Entry requirements

Direct Entry to year 2

  • 4 GCSEs grade A*–D/9–3 (including English and maths, science is also preferred) OR
  • Level 1 Diploma in Early Years or Health & Social Care (with level 1 functional skills)

Entry to year 1

  • GCSEs grade D/3 or below, OR
  • Entry level certificate

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Please note a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will also be required for this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
03/09/18 1 or 2 years Main
What next?
  • Level 3 Technical Diploma in Early Years
  • Apprenticeship in Early Years
  • Work in nurseries, reception classes at primary schools or pre-schools
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Work experience
  • Industry week activities
  • Visits to nurseries