Early Years Education and Care - Level 2
Course Code: SE1FE339
Do you want a rewarding career in the early years sector? This one-year course combines practical skills with academic instruction to prepare you for further study and/or employment as a qualified childcare practitioner. You will cover topics such as observations of children, children’s basic needs, and safeguarding and safety, while developing your maths and English skills to the level required by industry. Successful completion of the course leads to a relevant level 3 programme and ultimately to degree-level study in disciplines ranging from Primary Teaching to Learning Support.
To be eligible for this course you need to have a minimum of a grade 2/3 (D/E) in English or Maths, or Functional Skills Maths and English at level 1 or 2.
You will also need to have a clear DBS as this is needed for your work placement.
If you are a year 11 student applying for this programme, we will compare your GCSE results with the minimum target grades set for you by your school. This will help us decide whether this is your most suitable programme of study. Other students, including those from outside the area, will have an opportunity to discuss their qualifications and experience to make sure they too are studying at the right level. For some programmes, we might need to observe you carrying out certain practical tasks before we can make you an offer.
Teaching and Learning Methods
This is a full-time course, involving 3 days a week spent at College and 2 days a week (at last 250 hours in total) on work placement in a childcare or nursery setting.
At College, teaching is delivered in groups and supported by group activities and discussions. One-to-one support is also provided to help with completing written assignments.
When you start the course we will assign you a progress tutor who will support you throughout your time here. Their role is to help you in setting academic and personal targets, identifying career plans, developing employability skills and monitoring your progress to make sure you realise your full potential.
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.