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Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Assistant) Level 2

Course Overview

Passionate about working with children? This Level 2 course provides you with an exciting opportunity to begin your career in the Early Years sector. This is a really practical course that combines classroom learning with work experience so you will get to understand what it feels like to work in an early years environment. You will study 7 different units, all of which will develop your understanding of how to support children’s learning, development and well being in a work place enviroment. After completing this 1 year course you will be able you to work as a Level 2 practitioner in one of many outstanding Early Years settings, continue on to the Level 3 course where you can continue to develop your knowledge and understanding of Early Years, or if you would like a Level 3 qualification, but prefer the work place enviroment, then you can progress on to a Level 3 apprenticeship at one of many settings.

What topics are covered?

There are six academic units to study alongside a minimum of 300 hours of work experience:

  • Understanding children’ s development
  • Keeping children safe
  • Communication with children and adults
  • Preparing and maintaining environments for child care
  • Professional development roles responsibilities and
  • Supporting children’ s play and learning

A programme of 300 hours of work experience with children will be provided.


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 who are just starting (out on their) vocational learning.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Four full GCSEs at grade D/3 or above including maths and English language; or a BTEC Level 1 Certificate/Diploma
  • Interview
  • Clear Disclosure & Barring Service check, to be applied for AFTER successful enrolment onto the course. Please download this PDF for more information.


You will also need to clear a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check after successful enrolment onto the course. Please download this document for more information.

What qualifications will I gain?

BTEC Level 2 Diploma

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

There will be a combination of classroom-based activities and practical experience, including 300 hour of work placement where you will be working with children of different ages and different needs.

What hours will I be in college?

The course will be timetabled over three days per week at College and two days per week at placement. A minimum total of 300 placement hours are required in order to complete this course.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework and assessment will take place in College and in the childcare settings. There are currently no examinations; students are assessed through coursework.

What can I do after this course?

  • Progress to the Children’ s Care Learning and Development Level 3 course (you must achieve a minimum of a merit on level 2) or to the Health and Social Care Level 3 course, or to a work-based qualification
  • Move on to employment in the early years sector

Are there any additional costs?

  • Resources fee
  • A College polo shirt to wear in practice
  • Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • Stationery (including pens/paper/glue sticks/plastic wallets etc.), folders for personal use and one or more large files for your completed course work

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

Which department is this course in?

Sport, Leisure and Care

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What else do I need to know?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 who are just starting their vocational learning.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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