Course overview

Early Years Practitioner Level 2 City of Bristol College

An Early Years Practitioner course for adults aged 19+.

This one-year, part-time course will prepare you for work in the early years education and care sector.

It aims to introduce early years education, including the government’s Early Years foundation stage.

This course is taught in Bristol at our Ashley Down Centre.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 19 and over.

It is for people who want a career in early years education and care for children from birth to age five.

What you'll learn

During this course, you will complete 16 units through classroom-based learning to achieve this qualification and help you gain the knowledge and understanding of the skills required to work in the early years sector.

You will look at four themes: introducing the role of the early years practitioner, legislation, framework and professional practice, play, development and learning for school readiness and professional development.

Course entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above, including Maths and/or English or a Level 1 Diploma in a relevant subject plus GCSEs in Maths and/or English, or a Functional Skills qualification in Maths and/or English.

We will invite you to a Course information meeting event where you will receive information, advice, and guidance about the course you have applied for. This will be an opportunity for you to gain valuable information about the course and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

You will provide a copy of your last school report and/or a reference from an employer or relevant professional other. This is to ensure we can support you to be able to achieve well on the course.

Some Level 2 Technical qualifications may require a slightly higher entry requirement based on the specific content of the course. This may include having English or Maths at Grade 4

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You will also need experience of working in the early years sector and have completed a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

You will also need to have secured a placement for 250 hours in an early years setting to complete alongside the qualification.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

Learners will also need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as an important part of the assessment involves evaluating skills in real working situations.

Placements are required for achievement of this qualification and we expect a minimum of 250 placement hours.

During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the real work environment who will be required to complete professional development records.

View the full assessment plan.

Future career and study opportunities

After successfully completing this course, you can continue on to study and progress to Level 3 in early years education or obtain employment in many fields within the Early Years Sector for example in people’s home and play worker.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.

Alongside the course fee you will need to pay for a DBS check and course textbook.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

You may be able to receive an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

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