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Childcare Intermediate (Level 2)

Child Care Bedford College


Childcare Intermediate (Level 2)

This study programme will prepare you for working with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years; you will also gain the qualification required for progression to the Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care. The qualification will prepare you for working in a supervised role as a childcare assistant in a variety of early year’s settings within the childcare sector. The learning experience will be reflective of the current structure and expectations of the childcare sector, and you will have the opportunity to put theory into practice by carrying out relevant activities in quality childcare placements covering ages 0-5 years.

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Course information

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need…

Duration: 1 year 

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–3 ideally including English & maths OR
  • Health & Social Care at Level 1 OR
  • Childcare at Level 1

Duration: 2 years 

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 ideally including English & maths  and a keen interest in Childcare
  • Other relevant levels of qualification or experience  will be considered
Entry will also be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to demonstrate an ability to work in an early year’s placement.
Course content

During the study programme you will learn about child development, child observation, safeguarding and play.

Subject units:

  • Introducing the role of the early years practitioner
  • Legislation, framework and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school
  • Professional development

English and maths:

If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade 9-4 (A*-C), we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.

Work experience:

During the study programme you will spend two days per week in a childcare placement.

Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 

Additional vocational learning and qualifications:

You will take part in various team building activities and have an opportunity to take part in educational trips.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a variety of methods throughout the study programme, including written tasks, presentations and observations in placement.


You will gain:

  • Early Years Practitioner NCFE/CACHE Level 2 Diploma

plus English and maths qualifications if required.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you can progress on to Level 3 childcare qualifications or work as a childcare assistant in the early years sector.

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Course Duration

This course can be completed in one year or two years dependent on your grades. Please apply for the course as normal and you will be placed on the appropriate course during the application/ enrolment process. For any questions, please contact

Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 02/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: Fully Funded*
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 02/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: Fully Funded*
Tresham College Corby campus
Starts: 02/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: Fully Funded*
Cbc Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 02/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
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Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses might still be free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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I decided in Year 10 that I wanted to study Childcare at college. I’ve always had younger siblings to look after and I really enjoyed a work experience placement I had just completed in a primary school.  

My favourite part of the study programme is the work we do on development; both physical and intellectual. The written work is quite challenging but my tutors help a lot. I also have a tutorial teacher I meet up with once a week, but you can go to any of the tutors at any time and they will help you.  

I’m looking forward to my work experience in another primary school; it’s nice to have so many different opportunities and to focus on what you want to do.  

After this study programme I’d like to get an apprenticeship in a school or nursery and then eventually have my own nursery one day.  

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.