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Childcare and Education (Level 2 CACHE) - 1 year at Longley Park Sixth Form College

Course description

You will learn about children at different stages in their growth and development, how to care for and educate them and how to work with parents, carers and other professionals.  Working with children in a nursery or similar setting is an essential part of the course.

Course content

These are some of the areas you will study:

  • Communication
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Personal development
  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Health and safety
  • Positive behaviour
  • Positive environments for children and young people
  • Emergency first aid for children


A number of specifications will be changing and prospectus entries are based on information we have to date. This means that course content may be subject to change.


Entry requirements

At least 2 GCSEs at Grade 3/D. You will normally need at least a Grade 3/D in English Language and Maths.  You should have a real interest in working with children. You will need to pass an enhanced DBS check in order to take part in the work placement and some placements will also ask for a medical check.


Assessment will be mainly through assignments and you will also be assessed on your work placement.  

Financial information

Everything you must have to undertake the course will be provided by college.  You may have to pay for extras such as trips/visits.

Future opportunities

The Certificate trains you to work in a job as an assistant in settings such as nurseries, crèches, parent/toddler groups or toy libraries. Students from this course have also gone on to study the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare & Education and other Level 3 qualifications such as Health & Social Care.

Further information

This is a work-related course so work placements are a key part of your study. You will take part in placements working with children of different ages in a variety of settings for two days per week as well as longer block placements during the year. The College will find these placements for you. Because you will be in a real workplace you will need to meet professional standards of attendance, punctuality and reliability. We will work with you to help you prepare, including supporting you in making an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service check. You need to be aware that placements are located across Sheffield and you will need to make your own travel arrangements.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017
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