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Introducing Caring for Children and Young People Certificate Level 2 at The Manchester College

Course description

If you want to work with children and young people but you’re not sure what kind of role would be best suited to you in the childcare or health and social care sectors, this CACHE Level 2 Certificate is a great place to begin. You’ll get a good, wide understanding of childcare and education, focusing on building up your knowledge and awareness of the sector, so you won’t need a work placement for this course. You’ll explore what an Early Years Practitioner is and the role they perform, as well as looking at relevant legislation and frameworks in the sector. Throughout the course, you’ll be developing your professional skills and learning all about topics and factors that affect the way young people play and grow, helping you to build the skills needed to get them ready for school. By the end of the certificate, you’ll have seen a number of roles in the industry and be able to make an informed choice about your future career.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to have at least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-D to enrol on this CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People. You should also have successfully completed a Level 1 vocational course Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements


Assessment for this course is all internal, and could include a variety of different tasks around written assignments and coursework.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

Once you’ve completed this Level 2 course, you’ll be able to advance onto a Level 3 qualification. There are a number of options to choose from in both childcare and health and social care here at The Manchester College. As you develop your skills and knowledge further, you’ll be working towards a successful career in the industry. From an Early Years Educator to a home-based childminder, or a nursing position to a social care worker, there is a huge range of education and childcare roles to choose from. Link to Careers or Link to Careers 2

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: 10 April 2018
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