Childcare Level 2 Certificate

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway



Level 2


1 year


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Start date

Sep 2020

Study for work in the childcare and education sector and gain real work experience in caring for children.

This course provides an understanding of both the care and development of the child and their family in a variety of settings.

English and maths are also integral as these skills are essential for your employability.

You could progress to a Level 3 qualification in the care of children and young people or a related subject. Alternatively, you can progress into employment in a range of care settings.

This qualification provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enter the workforce, working under supervision within early years settings, in a variety of roles such as:

  • nursery assistant
  • classroom assistant
  • pre-school assistant

What I'll learn

On this course you cover six mandatory units:

  • an introduction to working with children  
  • the developing child
  • safe healthy and nurturing environments for children
  • children and play
  • communication and professional skills
  • the practitioner in the workplace (practical unit) 

The teaching team select an optional unit too and you can gain qualifications in first aid and functional skills.


How I'll learn

Combine theoretical study with practical experience as you prepare for a career in childcare. This certificate helps you to gain knowledge through observational studies, practical work with children and a range of classroom-based activities which combine theoretical and practical training.

Combining days at college with placement days in care settings, you will be encouraged to link the theory of care for children and young people with your developing practice.

English and maths are also integral as these skills are essential for your employability.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment is through continual observation and examination.


Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs grade 3 (D) or above including English Language and Maths. A Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check will also be required.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.