This one year (34 weeks) level 2 course takes place at Kensington Centre two days a week – Monday and Tuesday or our Chelsea Centre on Thursday and Fridays. You will be introduced to all aspects of early years practice from keeping children safe to legislation and theoretical perspectives.
You will be required to complete 250 hours in placement or work (12 hours or 2 days a week), you need to demonstrate a willingness and competence at assistant level in work with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, you will be supported in achieving this.
What background and qualifications do you need?
You need good English to take the course, and an interest in working with children.
What does the course lead to?
The course gives you a level 2 qualification which is an assistant role qualification. This means you can work in early years but must be supervised at all times. You can then apply to attend the level 3 course (there is no automatic entry)
Where will I study?
This will depend on which course you enrol on – see Campus/Times details above.
What are the facilities and equipment like?
The course is run in a dedicated classroom. It has computers for all students to use. You can also bring in your laptop. The college has a library/study centre where you can work in silence or small groups. You also have access to its books and ebooks.
How much should I study outside class?
You should be studying around 10 hours outside class contact time. Certain times of the year may mean you have to study for longer hours. Students who do best work many hours on assignments outside the classroom.
How is the course assessed?
The course is assessed throughout the year. There are 12 assessed assignments. These could be an essay, report, or a presentation or piece of group work . All pieces of work are at level 2
You will be assessed in your placement or work by our professional assessor to ensure you are implementing the best practice you are learning in college. You will have 2 assessments throughout the year.
Are course materials available online?
Lecturers make full use of moodle where you can assess materials to support you on the course. This is available both inside and outside college.
What books and equipment do I need?
You will need to buy two books to support you throughout the course. You also should be reading widely outside the course such as broadsheets and journals (Nursery World). You will also need to buy two lever arch folders, plastic wallets, paper and general stationery.
What do I need to bring to the assessment/interview?
The initial assessment will take around 2 hours. You will have to bring proof of your GCSE grades to the assessment. After this you will be interviewed to check your commitment to long term study.