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Introducing Caring for Children and Young People Level 2 Certificate

This course has been specifically designed for students who have an interest in working with children or in a Health and Social Care environment.


  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code ICFC / 10001

    Start Date September

  • What will I study and learn?

    The course combines practical activities such as rangoli designs, papier-mâché and making play dough. These lessons help the student to explore how children develop, and the benefit that these and many other activities may have on them.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed through various methods, including reflections on your practical work (you will attend a nursery placement for one day a week in the spring and summer term). You will also write short essays and build a portfolio using work produced in class. There is no exam for this course. By the end of the course your work will also go towards achieving an award in babysitting and an award in parenting skills.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    Your course will be combined with GCSEs in English and Maths (unless you already have a grade C or higher in either subject). Also, there will be one lesson of IT to keep your skills updated.

    You will have one tutorial session each week, where you can keep up to date with everything happening at College.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You will need a genuine interest and enthusiasm for working with young children and a caring nature. Some experience of caring for young children such as babysitting, would be useful.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    4 GCSEs at grade D including English at grade 3 OR CACHE Caring for Children Level 1 Diploma at Pass with GCSE English at grade 3. Some experience of caring for young children such as babysitting, would be useful.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    After successfully completing the certificate and gaining English and maths at a minimum of grade C, you could transfer onto the level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (early years educator).

  • Are there any costs involved?

    You will need to obtain a police check from the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) to determine suitability as a 'fit' person to work with children. The DBS is currently £44. This will be carried out by arrangement with the College, prior to your enrolment on the course.

    There will be a small additional cost for any enrichment outings that take place throughout the year, such as to museums, parks and an urban farm (prices are for 2015).

To Apply or Enquire

If you are interested in applying please fill out an application form. If you require more information please do not hesitate in sending us your queries via our enquiry form. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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