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Children and Young People's Workforce (England) — NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate

Early Years

Course ID: 174788

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • No experience necessary.
  • 1 year course.
  • Progress onto the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care.
  • Complete placement work 2 days a week to enhance your skill set and employability.
  • Complete 3 days a week in our inclusive and friendly college setting.
  • Access support from our dedicated and highly qualified teaching team.

What to expect from the course

This course is suitable for students from the age of 16-18 who have little or no experience in childcare, but would like to start a career working with young people.

The aim of this qualification is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to seven years with applied knowledge in the early years, 0-5 years, or to progress onto the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care.

The course will take a year to complete and will be assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio, written assessments or a task set by your tutor.

The course is made up of a number of units, which explore and develop your work with young people. You will understand safeguarding, child welfare, children's development and play. You'll also work to support the needs of a child in preparing for school.

As part of the training, you are required to undertake practical placements for which they will need DBS clearance, which will be covered by the college. You'lll also be expected to wear a college uniform whilst in placement.

The course includes 3 days in College and 2 days per week completing a mandatory work placement (260 hours of work experience). Completion of Maths and English are an essential part of this course for learners who have not achieved a grade 4 on entry.


CACHE Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce (England).

Why study with us?

There is a 100% guaranteed work experience opportunity for all learners enrolled on this course. What's more, you will be assessed on work experience through our highly skilled and experienced work based assessor team. The skills you develop will make you employable in a variety of early years occupations once level 3 qualified, including Primary School Teaching (QTS).

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

Upon successful completion of this qualification learners can enter the workforce as a qualified level 2 Early Years Practitioner. This qualification allows a learner to count towards the Level 2 ratio as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner within the workforce

Completion of this course can lead to CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) (VRQ), subject to Maths and English at grade 4.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?
Upon achievement of this qualification, learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, such as:

• Nursery assistant
• Classroom assistant
• Pre-school assistant

Example careers

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

You must have a minimum grade 3 or D in Maths and English. A satisfactory DBS clearance is required to fulfil the work placement of this course.

It is a mandatory part of the course to complete Maths and English alongside to achieve a Grade 4 or C to progress to Level 3.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free.

Aged 19 or over and unemployed or earning less than £21,225 a year? You may also qualify to join this course for free. To find out more, contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for24/25 is 994.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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