Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Pre – T Level)

Cache Level 2 Diploma (Pre - T Level)

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma is a full time course and is suitable for school leavers (16–18 year-olds) who would like a career working with children. It prepares you for employment and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

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Children's Care, Learning and Development, BTEC Level 2 Diploma SF-CCLD2D-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (1 years)
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Applicants must have a genuine interest in working with children; they will need to have at least one of the following:

– GCSE English Language or Mathematics at grade 4/5 or above or Functional Skills Level 2 English Language or Mathematics and three other GCSE subjects at grade 3 or above

– Proof of a successful work placement within a childcare/primary school setting is essential prior to enrolment on this course

– Other related Level 1 or 2 qualifications may be considered

You will learn about all aspects of childcare. The course is made up of six units: five core units and one specialist unit that everyone takes. The specialist unit enables you to study a particular area in more depth. 

As well as your days in College you will have one day in a placement gaining work experience. You will also undertake a placement week, to achieve the 300 hours’ work experience required to complete the course.

The units are:

  • Understanding Children’s Development
  • Keeping Children Safe
  • Communication with Children and Adults
  • Preparing and Maintaining Environments for Child Care
  • Professional Development, Roles and Responsibilities in Child Care

The specialist unit will be Providing Support for Children with Disabilities or Special Educational Needs.


The course is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. There are 300 hours (minimum) that must be completed in the workplace to achieve this award.

All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded at Pass, Merit and Distinction. Students will develop their personal study skills and be given opportunities to research and show initiative.

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and assessment fees. If you are in receipt of an income based benefit please ask about financial assistance, which may be available.As work experience is a key feature of this course, you will need to make a formal Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure by completing a form that will be sent to you when you are offered a place on the course. This is because you may be working in an environment with children, young people and vulnerable adults. You may have to pay for this check to be completed.

Successful completion with a predominantly Distinction profile and an appropriate reference from your tutor could enable you to progress on to the BTEC National Diploma in Childrens Play, Learning and Development or Level 3 Early Years Apprenticeship. You will also be required to have Level 2/GCSE grades 4/5 in both English Language and Mathematics. Alternatively, students can apply for jobs within the childcare sector.

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