Accessibility links

BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Children's Play, Learning and Development at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

If you are planning to work with children in a variety of different early years sectors, for example day care, nursery, out of school care and schools this is the course for you. This qualification will enable you to work, supervised, with children and their families in a variety of settings. You will study all aspects of caring for children and reflect on your personal development. You will be given the opportunity to work with children in a range of placements in a schools or nursery. You will continue to improve your maths and/or English skills in structured lessons alongside your course, and if you plan to progress to a Level 3 course you will need to demonstrate a satisfactory level of improvement in maths and/or English by the end of the year.

This Level 2 qualification provides you with ‘assistant practitioner status’ once a pass grade has been achieved. This allows you to undertake supervised work within an early year’s environment (0-8 years). This qualification is designed to provide a specialist work-related qualification in a range of sectors. It will give you the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to prepare you for employment.

Entry requirements

Ideally you will need four GCSEs at grade D or above or a Level 1 Foundation Diploma. Alternative, relevant qualifications will also be considered. You will have a positive school or college reference with good levels of attendance and punctuality. Experience of working with children e.g. babysitting or nursery experience would be very useful.


A variety of methods are used to assess your progress including examination, individual and group presentations, case studies, assignments, projects, work based assignments, developing learning resources, and display work. Edexcel, the awarding body, will award you a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade for each module according to how well you cover the learning outcomes specified. You are required to complete a minimum of 180 hours’ work placement experience. Practical training placements may include day nurseries, children's centres, reception class, infant class, nursery class, special school, and child-minders. You must receive a satisfactory end of placement report; have good attendance at 90% or above to progress to the Level 3 Children’s Play Learning and Development course as well as gaining an overall Merit grade or above.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

If you are successful on this course, achieving a Merit Grade or above you may be able to continue studying towards Level 3 in Children's Play Learning and Development on a full time Diploma (subject to the entry criteria).

Further information

As you will be working with children you will need to have a clearance form which is called a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) in order to ensure the safety of the vulnerable children and young adults that you will come into contact with. Please discuss this with your interviewing tutor.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
Provider logo

Key information