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Childcare: Level 2 at Suffolk New College

Course description

This study programme offers you the opportunity to learn in a real working environment, with 2 days a week working with children in an early years setting. Students last year had the opportunity to visit a Forest School, the Museum of Childhood in London and the Nursery World Exhibition, all of which supported their programme of study. Further developments this year include the opportunity to take part in a range of employment and enrichment activities within PSE sessions to support students in developing wider skills to support employment.

All students who have not yet achieved a grade C or grade 4 or above in GCSE English or Maths will continue to study GCSE English and either GCSE or Functional Skills Maths dependent on their Maths entry grade.  

Course content

The current programme includes three days per week in classes at College and two days per week in a childcare setting arranged by the College. There are 4 areas of learning: Introducing the role of the early year’s practitioner; legislation, framework and professional practice; play, development and learning and professional development. A range of assessment methods are used including: direct observation and reflection of own practice, written assignments and learner’s own plans. This qualification has the benefit of using on-going assessment rather than an end of year exam.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade D or grade 3 or above and must include English Language.

Students will need to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and this must be in place at time of enrolment.

Financial information

Tuition Costs 

No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2017. For all students aged 19+ please visit our website Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learning Loans can also be found at the above website.

Additional Costs

£24 for the textbook, £14 for a polo shirt for placement, £44 for enhanced DBS check to be completed prior to enrolment with £13 fee to register for the update service which students pay direct to DBS by debit or credit card (subject to change) and £50 for

Future opportunities

On completion of this Level 2 qualification, students are assessed as competent to work in a supervised capacity e.g. a play assistant. Last year 61% of our students progressed within the college. The remaining 39% of students either gained apprenticeships or employment, several being taken on by their work experience placement. To progress onto Level 3 Childcare you MUST pass all knowledge and skills elements of this Level 2 programme and achieve a minimum of GCSE grade C or grade 4, in English and Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths. All students will be offered a range of advice and guidance to help support your career progression.  

Further information

How Do I Apply

Come along to one of our open events and apply there, or online at

Support For You

Student support contact or 01473 382 738 or email

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: SCC92F0
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