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Childcare Level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a 1 year full time course.

About the course

This course is designed to develop your understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for young children.

You study an introduction to working with children, understanding children's individual needs and how to treat them fairly. You will also gain an insight into your preferred learning style. The developing child unit will introduce you to ways of observing children so that you can support development through appropriate activities and care routines. You will also learn how to work with children when they move from one setting to another.

A safe, healthy and nurturing environment for children covers the preparation and maintenance of a safe environment and how to safeguard children and adults through working practices. You will also consider your role in managing conflict when working with children. Children and play focuses on the importance of play in children's development. You will learn about the stages and types of play and how you can provide appropriate activities to support development through play. There will be an opportunity to consider your developing knowledge, to think about how you can improve your practice and set targets for your own professional development.

On placement you will learn about the professional standards and how to apply these. There will also be the opportunity to observe development and to carry out planned play activities. Attendance in college and on your placement is a compulsory part of the course and essential for assessment.

You will be required to study functional skills or GCSE English and Maths if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade 4.  (Many universities and employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade 4 in both maths and English).

You will have the opportunity to undertake Forest Schools training (Outdoor education activities) and Human Trafficking awareness training, attend education trade exhibitions and help charity fund raising.

Will the course suit me?

In order to be successful on this course, you will need to be interested in child care and in the welfare of children.  Simply liking children is not enough; you will need to be ready to work with groups of children in an educational setting.  You will need good attendance and punctuality, and should be motivated and prepared to learn.

Qualification Title

CACHE Level 2 Award/ Certificate/ Diploma in Child Care and Education.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including Maths at grade 3 plus English Language at grade 4 or above  and a DBS check.


The course will involve a combination of practical and written activities.  You will be assessed by assignments and one externally-marked question paper. You will be set homework and will need to work in your own time in order to succeed on the course. While you are on placement, you will be visited, observed and assessed while undertaking your duties.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

If you start on the level 2 course without placement and demonstrate that you are work ready, you could progress onto the level 2 with placement.  Students who successfully complete the level 2 course with the work placement could progress to a Level 3 in Childcare or onto an apprenticeship in childcare.





Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Open Evenings

  • Thursday 25th October 2018
  • Wednesday 21st November 2018
  • Tuesday 29th January 2019
  • Monday 4th March 2019
  • We are open 4-7pm at all of our centres on these dates.

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: 15 October 2018
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    • Welcome to City Campus


      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.

      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.

      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.


      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

      By Tram

      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

      If you are a student you may be entitled to cheap bus/tram travel within Sheffield. Check out our Travel page for further details. 

      By Scooter/Motorcycle/Bike

      City Campus had parking available for both scooters and motorcycles, as well as secure bike storage. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the cycle storage.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.