2 Sep 2024

Study mode

Full Time


Framwellgate Moor Campus


1 Year


Level 2

Course code


Fee Information

Please note, these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college, please see Fees and funding for more information.

Age 16-18

FREE (If meet residency criteria and not enrolled at another educational institution).

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course will be FREE. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips.

Age 19+

If you are aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course could be free dependant on the level of the course and your eligibility criteria. The rules regarding fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to contact our Advice, Support and Careers Team on 0191 375 4400, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or connect on live chat (bottom right of your screen).

Course details may be subject to change.

This introduction to caring for children and young people at work aims to provide you with the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to work in the sector.

This course covers childcare and youth work, it will:

  • Introduce you to the fundamental concepts of child development and care.~ Equip you with essential skills and knowledge for working with children and young people.~ Foster an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of professionals in childcare settings.

Entry Criteria

GCSE Grade 3 or above in English and maths, or Functional Skills Level 1

Entry Criteria

You will hold minimum of GCSE Maths and English or Functional Skills Level 2 by the end of the year.

Additional Costs

You will need to purchase a placement uniform at approximately £15.

What are the next steps?

You will be invited to attend an interview with a member from our team to assess your suitability to the course.

You will be required to submit a reference from a previous teacher or professional to work with young children,

Study Aims

This course aims to prepare you to make informed decisions about working in early years with young children, and to decide on a progression route.

Modules Studied

You will study the following modules:

  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Importance of play for early learning
  • The value of play to young children
  • Young children’s development
  • Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet
  • Introductory awareness of sensory loss

All modules are subject to change.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be assessed by your tutor and assessor through a range of methods. This could include tasks, course work or methods such as oral questioning.

You will also be assessed on your suitability to work with children, through placement observations.

What else?

You may take part in many extended enrichment and cultural capital experiences to support your growth and resilience in preparation for employability of further academic progression.

Where can it take me?