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Children and Young People's Workforce Level 2 Certificate at Northumberland College

Course description

The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years. Learners will need to attend a practical placement as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations.

Course content

You will study topics such as child development, supporting positive behaviour, play and leisure, babysitting, creative development and spend considerable time in a placement setting where your work with children and young people will be assessed  Ideal if you would like to work in a range of settings with children or young people up to the age of 18

Entry requirements

You should have two GCSEs at Grade C, or a relevant Level 1 qualification and Functional Skills in English at Level 1, plus good communication skills and a high level of motivation. DBS clearance and references required.


All units will assess your progress through a portfolio of evidence developed using a range of methods including practical assessments, observations, written assignments or tasks relevant to the care workforce. Some learning outcomes within this qualification will require assessment in a real work environment. There are no exams in this qualification which is awarded at a pass if a learner is able to demonstrate competent learning and achievement against all assessment criteria for each unit studied.

Future opportunities

You could progress to a Level 3 course specialising in work with Early Years or supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools or move into Health and Social Care  Alternatively you could apply for positions such as nursery assistant, teaching assistant, pre-school assistant, children's rep, play-worker or youth and community worker

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northumberland College directly.

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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