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Childhood Studies and Early Years

School Leaver / 16 - 18 yr Old Adults Vocational Courses

Childhood Studies - Level 2 (First Award)

This course is a great place to start if you're interested in a career in early yeard or other relevant sectors.

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  • Course Description

    On this course, you'll gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the skills relevant to the early years sector to set you up for employment and / or progression to a relevant level 2 or 3 course in your chosen field.

    The qualification is built on four mandatory units that form the main areas of child development and it's promotion through play. These are:

    • Patterns of child development
    • Promoting children's development through play
    • The principles of early practice
    • Promoting children's positive behaviour

    You will also study three of the four following specialist units:

    • Health and safety in early years settings
    • Supporting children's language and literacy development
    • Making healthy food choices for children
    • Introduction to working in the early years sector

    Throughout the course you will be expected to completed at least 60 hours relevant work experience in a early years setting. This is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door and impress at a relevant employer!

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above.

    If you achieve a 4 in English and / or maths, our level 2 certificate in childhood studies will likely be more suitable 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.

  • 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?

    Pearson BTEC First Award in Children's Play, Learning and Development

    How is my course assessed?

    You will be assessed by producing a portfolio of evidence, verbal presentations and written assignments.

Starting 07/09/2020

King's Lynn


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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