Course Information

Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Childrens Care, Learning and Development


Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 01 September 2020
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 1 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 34
Hours per Week: 15
Total Hours: 510
Fee: N/A
Places Available: 16
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This course will provide learners with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare them for employment or to provide career development opportunities to progress onto a relevant Level 3 programme. Learners will be fully supported by highly qualified and experienced staff who are committed to creating engaging and exciting learning environments for all. As work placement is a vital part of this programme, learners will get the opportunity for both 'learning' and 'doing'.

Course Content

The course comprises classroom based learning and work placement. Classroom based learning will help learners to understand the relevant childcare theory which can then be put into practice within the childcare setting where they will be completing 300 hours of work placement. Learners will also be encouraged to develop core skills in areas such as confidence, communication and time management. A total of six modules must be successfully completed. Examples include: Keeping Children Safe; Communicating with Children and Adults; Understanding Children's Development. Learners who do not possess GCSE English, Maths and IT upon entry will be required to undertake Essential Skills qualifications as an integral part of this programme.

Assessment Method

Learners will be assessed through a variety of methods including written assignments, oral presentations, posters and leaflets, group activities and placement practice observation.

Progression Opportunities

This programme provides an excellent basis for progression onto the Level 3 National Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development or the Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, both of which are offered at South West College. It also provides learners who successfully pass all the requirements of the qualification with 'assistant practitioner status'. This allows successful learners to undertake work in a supervised capacity within an early years environment (0-8 years).

Entry Requirements

A minimum of two GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent). Previous experience of working with children, either through work placement, or in a voluntary capacity will be looked upon favourably. Learners must be vetted in accordance with the requirements of the N.I. Order (2006)(Access NI)