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CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Early Years Education and Care at University College Birmingham

Course description

This course prepares students to work with children from birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years. It is suitable for a range of students from the age of 16 onwards who have little or no previous experience in childcare.

This practical course will appeal to people seeking to train as nursery assistants, classroom assistants and pre-school assistants in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

Course content

Course modules include:

  • An Introduction to Working with Children
  • The Developing Child
  • Safe, Healthy and Nurturing Environments for Children
  • Children and Play
  • Communication and Professional Skills within Childcare and Education
  • The Childcare Practitioner in the Workplace
  • Working with Children from Birth to Five Years

Your course will also include work placements two days a week within a variety of childcare settings such as day nurseries or nursery schools.  Placements are organised by employability tutors at UCB and they will visit you during your placements to ensure you gain the right practical skills.

Entry requirements

You must have at least 4 GCSE's at grade D/grade 3 or above including English, plus a satisfactory school report or a reference.

All applications are required to attend an interview.

Students joining this course will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Our Placement team will contact you to arrange this.


Your progress will be assessed using a range of methods which could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments and tasks set by the awarding body.

Financial information

Tuition Fees

If you are aged between 16 and 18 you will not have to pay tuition fees.

Uniform and Equipment

Your course will require the purchase of some uniform which you will wear whilst on placement. You will be informed of the cost and how to order prior to the start of your course. An order form will be included in your enrolment pack (usually available in May/June).

Educational Visits

You may be required to pay for any educational visits or trips.

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks (DBS)

This course requires students to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). Our Placement team will contact you with further information and details of how to apply for your DBS check.

Learner Support Fund

The Learner Support Fund is available to assist students with couse related costs such as essential uniform, equipment and travel. The fund is available to students who have a total household income of less than £30,810 per year (figure correct as at September 2016).  A non-refundable contribution of £50 is required.

Discretionary Bursary

The Discretionary Bursary is for learners who have a household income of less than £20,817 per year (figure correct as at September 2016). Bursary payments will be made every Friday subject to 100% attendance. Learners who are in receipt of out of work benefits, work more than 24 hours per week or are over the threshold are not eligible.

Mandatory Bursary

The Mandatory Bursary Scheme is paid to students aged 16-18 who fall into one of the following categories:

  • Looked after child
  • Care Leaver
  • Receiving Income Support in their own name
  • Receiving Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or PIP

Eligible students will be entitled to a guaranteed bursary with weekly payments every Friday subject to attendance.

Application forms for the Learner Support Fund and Bursary will be included in your enrolment pack (available in May/June) and forms are also available from Student Services.

Network West Midlands 16-18 Photocard

If you are under 18 years old and in full-time education you may be entitled to child rate fares and season tickets for travel on the bus, train or Metro. All you need is a valid 16-18 Photocard which is available from Network West Midlands. It costs £10 and is valid for one academic year. You will be able to apply once you are enrolled. Further information is available from our Student Services team.

Travel Assistance

If you are travelling from outside the Network West Midlands area you may be able to claim a 50% reimbursement of your travel costs. Please contact the Student Budget Counsellor to discuss the additional support that may be available to you.

Free Meals

Some Further Education students will be able to receive a free meal at lunchtime whilst they are in college. You must be between 16-18 with parents or guardians in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
  • Employment Support Allowance (income related)
  • Guarantee element of Pension Credit

You will need to apply for the Discretionary Bursary Scheme and provide evidence of one of the above benefits. An application form will be included in your enrolment pack and forms are also available from Student Services.

If you are eligible you wil receive a daily allowance which can be used to purchase a selection of items within the Summer Row cafeteria and Richmond House cafeteria. Please note that as we are aiming to promote healthy eating there are restrictions on some items such as fizzy drinks, chocolate, crisps, cakes and flapjacks.

Childcare Funding

Students aged under 19 on the start date of their course can apply for childcare support through the Care to Learn Scheme. For further information and how to apply go to and search 'Care to Learn' or call the helpline on 0800 121 8989.

Future opportunities


Students successfully achieving Level 2 with a grade C/grade 4 or above in English and grade D/grade 3 or Functional Skills in maths, can progress on to the Level 3 Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) or Level 3 Health & Social Care at UCB.

If you plan to progress on to the Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship you must achieve Level 2 plus a minimum of grade C/grade 4 in English and maths.

Career Opportunities

There are a wide range of exciting job opportunities. Students can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, including nursery assistant, classroom assistant and pre-school assistant.

Further information

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 October 2016
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