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Early Years and Education Level 2 Certificate at Wales High School and Business and Enterprise College with Applied Learning

Course description

Course Overview

This course is a one year full time qualification.  This is a cutting edge qualification that has been developed to meet the needs of today’s childcare workforce.  Industry respected, this course bears the CACHE hallmark of excellence.

Examination Board

The Examination Board for this course is NCFE CACHE.

Where can this lead?

Upon achievement of this qualification learners will be able to enter the workforce to work with children between birth and 5 years or access Level 3 Early Years Educator courses within Wales High School.  Alternatively it provides an excellent base to move onto Level 3 courses Health and Social Care related courses at Wales High School.

Course Breakdown

Practical and theory based lessons in school, plus 2 days per week of work experience working in a nursery or primary school developing the skills learned in school:

  • Supporting physical care routines for children
  • An introduction to the role of the early years practitioner
  • Understanding how to work in partnership
  • Understanding legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
  • Using legislation relating to the health and safety of children
  • Using legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
  • Understanding how to plan to meet the needs of the developing child
  • Supporting children’s play
  • Supporting children’s play in early years
  • Supporting the needs of the child in preparing for school
  • Development of professional skills with children’s education
  • Supporting children’s development
  • Using observation assessment and planning
  • Supporting children’s positive behavior
  • Engaging in professional development
  • Supporting healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
  • Supporting healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
  • Supporting children with additional needs
  • Supporting creative play

Entry requirements

Students must have a genuine interest in working with children aged birth to 5 years.  Students who have not achieved grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics at the start of this course will need to continue with re-sit lessons as appropriate throughout their studies.  A Successful DBS will be required as part of this course.

Further information

This course involves a lot of ‘hands on’ activities because of its vocational nature. The majority of assessment is through portfolio evidence although there is also a requirement to be observed working competently in an Early Years setting. It is the responsibility of the student to source a work placement for 2 days per week in a local Early Years setting – you are advised to seek this placement in advance of starting in sixth form as local placements may well be in short supply by the start of term.

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For further information, please contact – Mrs D Brighouse /

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: 26 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September