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In Short

This qualification prepares you to work in a supervised capacity with children and their families in a variety of settings and environments within children’s services.

Entry Requirements

  • Selection is by interview.
  • 5 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above including English and maths at grade 4.
  • Level 1 NCFE Certificate in Childcare
  • Students will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service application (formerly CRB) to attend work placements. More information about your Disclosure and Barring Service check will be provided at enrollment.
  • Mature students are also welcome to apply.

Course Content

There are 7 units to complete the Childcare NCFE Level 2 Diploma.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of units by means of tasks which are written and assessed by Tutors to meet criteria set by the Awarding Body. You will also undertake work experience where you will gain valuable knowledge and skills working in either schools or early years settings. Work experience will be organised and monitored by the college Work Placement Officers, with three observations throughout the placement.


With this qualification you may enter employment and gain additional training through an Apprenticeship or progress to further education such as the T-level in Education & Childcare.


The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock in addition to videos and journals. For certain units, you may wish to purchase specific books and materials amounting to no more than £30. A basic uniform of a polo shirt is required for placements, which can be purchased through the College at enrolment.


  • If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee.
  • If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds – There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email
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