Course Overview

This qualification covers a range of key subject areas that provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to care for and educate children aged between 0 and 11 years 11 months old. It has been designed to support learners to progress onto level 3 qualifications across a number of sectors, including the early years educator sector, the supporting teaching and learning sector, and the children and young people sector. It also contains significant transferable knowledge for the health and social care sector.

This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 or above who wish to progress onto further education or into the workplace. 


Course Structure

This qualification is made up of 6 mandatory units. Learners must complete all 6 units in order to achieve the qualification.
This graded course includes units on Development, Legislation, Physical Development and Physical Activity, Play and Learning, Nutrition and the role of
The Early Years Professional plus observation in the practical work place environment. 
The learners can also achieve a Bronze arts award to support their creative development.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English or mathematics at Grade C/4 and three GCSEs at a Grade D/3 Including one in either *English or mathematics. (* Preferable due to academic content)
English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade A*-C in these subjects when you commence your course.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade A*-C in these subjects when you commence your course.


Completion of this Level 2 course could lead to work as a full-time Level 2 practitioner – in early years settings or progression to a Level 3 Early Years Educator course, an apprenticeship or other level 3 qualifications relating to childcare or health and social care.


How You Will 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. 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.


Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].