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Childhood Studies and Early Years

School Leaver / 16 - 18 yr Old Adults Vocational Courses

Childhood Studies - Level 2 (Diploma)

If you wish to enter employment at assistant level within the childcare sector or progress to a higher level of study or apprenticeship, this course is for you.

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  • Course Description

    The course content includes a range of units including:

    • Child and young person development

    • Promoting positive environments for children and young people

    • Early years practice

    • Promoting children's positive behaviour

    There are also optional units, which could include:

    • Health and safety

    • Safeguarding

    • Supporting language and literacy development

    • Making healthy food choices for children

    • Working in the Early Years sector

    • Communication

    • Personal development in heath, childcare and social care settings
  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • 4 or more GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or higher. Ideally students will have Maths or English at Grade 4 (C) or above.
    • A satisfactory DBS check


    • A relevant Level 1 qualification and qualifications in English and Maths
    • A satisfactory DBS check

    You will be invited to an interview to help us ensure the course is right for you

  • Course Length

    How long is this course?

    1 year

    When does this course start?


    How many hours / days per week is this course?

    Full-time courses at the college are generally 3-4 days per week (you may be in an extra day if you are resitting English and/or Maths). All students are expected to complete study hours in the Learning Resource Centre and at least 30 hours work experience on top of their college hours.

  • Progression Opportunities

    What can I do after this course at CWA?

    The College of West Anglia offers many opportunities to continue studying from entry level through to degrees at University Centre West Anglia. Some of the courses available for those who have successfully completed this course include:

    • Childhood Studies and Teacher Training Academy - Level 3 (Wisbech)
    • Childhood Studies and Teacher Training Academy - Level 3 (King's Lynn)
    • Teaching Assistants - Level 2 (King's Lynn)
    • Teaching Assistants - Level 2 (Wisbech)
    • Health and Social Care - Level 2 (Wisbech)
    • Health and Social Care - Level 2 (King's Lynn)
  • Course Fees
    Age Cost
    16-18 Free*
    19+ £900

    * Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.

    Fee information

    Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional fees related to the programme, such as additional equipment or uniform, trips, DBS checks and work placement costs. Further information will be sent to all applicants before enrolment.

    Find all the information you need about course fees and financial help below.

    Information on Fees and Financial Help

    Learners with an active Education, Health & Care Plan

    If you are aged 19 - 24 at the start of your course and have an active Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), any course up to and including level 3 will be fully-funded by the government. This means you will not have a course fee to pay and any equipment considered essential to complete your course will be provided by the college.

    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    CACHE Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Level 2)

    Students aged 16 to 18 who do not already have GCSE qualifications in maths and/or English at grades 4 (C) - 9 (A*) will take qualifications in English and/or maths as part of their vocational study programme - this is a government requirement.

    How is my course assessed?

    The course is assessed by a range of methods, which may include projects, booklets, posters, assignments, case studies and coursework. There are also two exams.

    Learners must also complete a work placement as laid down in the course specification criteria.

    Each unit will be graded Pass/Merit/Distinction.

Starting 06/09/2021

King's Lynn


Duration 1 year

Starting 06/09/2021



Duration 1 year


Emily Frisby

Childhood Studies & Teacher Training Academy

Emily chose to study childhood studies at CWA as she was able to achieve the grades she needed to go to university, whilst gaining practical experience.

“College allows you to study more independently but the tutors are always there to give you support. During my two years at CWA, I have made friendships that I know will last a lifetime. I would say to anyone thinking of coming to college to go for it, as it opens up avenues you otherwise would not experience.”

Emily is now studying primary education at university. 


Paige Simonds

Teaching Assistant Level 3

Paige has taught her class group, a level three childcare class, and staff members how to read braille, creating brilliant resources to help everyone learn, demonstrating confidence, resourcefulness and maturity beyond her years.

Read her story

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