Where will this course lead?

Studying the NCFE CACHE Level2 Technical Certificate in Working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings is versatile and rewarding. It will be the start of your studies for a career in Early Years. The learners are taught in the classroom and develop their skills and experiences within their vocational placement settings. Successful completion of the course can open up opportunities to go on to obtain employment within the sector or do further study in areas such as Early Years or Health and Social Care.

The course provides valuable vocational experience and gives an insight into working with a wide range of ages of children.

What will I study?

You will develop knowledge and understanding by applying your learning and skills in a work-related context.

You will study various topics. The units of study are as follows:

- Child development, 
- Play and learning, 
- Legislation, 
- Role of the practitioner, 
- Nutrition, 
- Physical development and activity.

How will this course be delivered?

The level 2 qualification will be delivered through taught and practical sessions.

What qualifications will I get?

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Technical Certificate in Working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings.

How will I be assessed?

To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a minimum of a Pass grade in each of the six mandatory units. These units will be internally assessed and graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

In addition, learners will need to complete: 

• A Professional Skills Record (portfolio). This will be completed over a minimum of 120 hours of placement in a real work environment and will be assessed by the supervisor and Centre assessor in an early years and primary school setting. This Professional Skills Record will be graded Achieved or Not Yet Achieved. 

• A synoptic short answer examination, which will be undertaken at the end of the qualification. This will be externally set and assessed, and will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. 

All units, the Professional Skills Record and the short answer examination grades will be combined to give an overall graded result of Pass, Merit or Distinction. Full achievement of the qualification will not be possible until all components are complete.

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by 1-1 interview with a member of the Care team and a positive reference and report from your last educational establishment.

What are the entry requirements?

2 GCSEs at grade D / grade 3 or above including English Language, or; 2 GCSEs at grade D / grade 3 or above and Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills English, or; Level 1 qualification in a relevant vocational subject and either GCSE English Language at grade D / grade 3 or above or Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills English.

What else do I need to know?

All students working with children are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) prior to starting the course. This is to comply with Safeguarding Regulations.

You will also need to provide costs for text books, a uniform for work placement. A placement uniform will be available to purchase from college. You must be prepared to experience all placement opportunities. Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life.

Qualifications- If you haven't achieved an A-C or grade 4 in GCSE Maths or you haven't completed the Leve 2 Functional Skill in Maths it will be a requirement that you complete this alongside completing your CACHE Level 2 Technical Certificate in Working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings qualification. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes.

Additional Needs- if you have an additional need of any type please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support at your interview. If you need help with your application this can be arranged.

If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview.

If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

Additional costs for the Learner

• Uniform

• Contribution to trips and resources.

• Purchasing textbooks

What can I do after this course?

If you have achieved a minimum of a Merit you will be given the opportunity to progress onto the NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator).

You could also progress to an apprenticeship in Early years through the colleges workbased learning department.


Stratford-upon-Avon College

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N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Full Time