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

Course information

This course is suitable for a range of learners 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 learners 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 will also work to support the needs of a child in preparing for school.
As part of the training students are required to undertake practical placements for which they will need DBS clearance, which will be covered by the college. Students will 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).

This course leads to...

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

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.
All learners must undergo a satisfactory interview in which you demonstrate the qualities needed to be an effective childcare student. It is essential that all students can work as part of a team and be able to interact with children and adults in a responsible manner both within College and within the work placement.
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.

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).
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Further Information...

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You can contact us online via or call us at any point on 0151 252 3000 with any queries you may have – we’re here to help.


Course ID: 163422

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


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 £18,135 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 for21/22 is 994.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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