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Children's Care, Learning & Development BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Strode College

Course description

This one year course provides initial training for those wishing to work with children and young people and provides a potential stepping stone to level 3 qualifications.

Areas of study include: working with children and young people, Functional Skills (GCSE Maths and English Language for those with a D grade), personal and professional development and work experience in relevant settings.

The course involves compulsory practical work experience for at least one day a week throughout the academic year. Settings include primary schools and day nurseries.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades E or above or equivalent, such as NVQ Level 1 plus a GCSE grade E or above. In terms of securing the best possible progression to a Level 3 course, a minimum of grade D is essential in GCSE English Language. The importance of this will be discussed with you at interview.

You will need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. This report is a government requirement for all people working with children, vulnerable adults and young people including on work experience. You will need to fill in a form and provide original identification to confirm who you are and where you live. Assistance will be given with this, once you are in college.


You will be assessed through a variety of assignment work and external tests. You will also be assessed on your practical competence through work placement experience. You are also required to maintain a minimum 90% attendance for all parts of the course. Pearson Exam Board.

Financial information

Clothing for work placement - blue/black tailored trousers, flat black shoes, and a Strode College polo shirt and/or sweatshirt.

Future opportunities

Our students normally progress on to a higher level course, either: the Level 3 Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development or the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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